‘The Crime of the Century’ Shows How FDA Approved Language Led to Our Opioid Epidemic

By Gregory Crofton Opioid abuse has America in a death grip, and it’s been that way for decades. Why have we been so slow to respond to this massive public health problem? Money is the shortest answer. But Oscar-winning (Taxi…

‘Operation Varsity Blues’ Innovates and Entertains While Telling a Complex Story about the One Percent

By Gregory Crofton Director Chris Smith ( American Movie, Fyre) is back with another great documentary, “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal,” which premiered Wednesday on Netflix. What sets this film apart, and helps move the genre forward, was…

‘Diego Maradona’ Doc is a Rocket on Screen, Much Like the Soccer Superstar was in Life

By Gregory Crofton What in the world was it like to be Diego Maradona? Director Asif Kapadia, a pioneer of archival documentary cinema, gives us a real sense of how life got so fast for Maradona, a young man who…

Rivalry Between Two NFL Titans Explored with ‘Deepfake’ Tech in Latest 30 for 30

By Gregory Crofton What better time to explore the origins of the NFL than the days before Super Bowl 55? Director Ken Rodgers (“The Two Bills,” “Elway to Marino”) has done just that with “Al Davis vs. The NFL” set…

Definitive Doc on Superstar Golfer in ‘Tiger’ but Shortcomings are Baked In

By Jonathon Norcross “Tiger” is a two-part HBO documentary on the life and career of superstar golfer Tiger Woods. Produced by Alex Gibney and directed by Matthew Hamachek and Matthew Heineman, the choice of filmmakers was criticized prior to the…

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