‘FREE SOLO’ is the Best Documentary of the Year, One Man’s Mission to Climb El Capitan Without a Rope

By Gregory Crofton “FREE SOLO” is a phenomenal ride. Daring filmmakers allow us to follow mountain climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to scale a 3,000-foot slab of granite in Yosemite using only his chalked hands and booted feet. Spider…

‘QUINCY’ Shows How this Super Producer Was Key to Popular American Music for Seventy Years

By Gregory Crofton Quincy Jones, or “Q” as his friends know him, has touched more people with his work than most realize. This producer and arranger of all types of music and shows — from Bebop to Hip Hop to…

‘PEACE OFFICER’ Exposes the Dangerous Rise of ‘No-Knock’ SWAT Raids

By Gregory Crofton The U.S. Drug War took a hard, nasty turn when President Richard Nixon approved “No-Knock” warrants that allow unannounced police raids on private homes. “PEACE OFFICER” shows how the use of this type of raid has dramatically…

‘THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN’S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY’ – Errol Morris Delivers Concise, Beautifully Done Biopic

by Gregory Crofton Watch this wonderful little film when you’ve got 75 minutes to sit down, take a relaxing break from everyday life, and learn something about photography. “THE B-SIDE” is about a large format Polaroid photographer from Massachusetts you’ve…

‘WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?’ Humanizes Fred Rogers by Telling the Truth, the Same Way He Worked with Children

By Gregory Crofton So what’s all the fuss about the new documentary on Fred Rogers, the host and creator of the PBS show for children “WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?” The arthouse theatre was packed when I watched the film,…

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