‘TIGER KING’ is a brilliant doc series about captive tigers and the people they attract

By Gregory Crofton Joe Exotic has a dyed blonde mullet and is a decent country singer. He’s married to two men and he likes guns. He likes to fire them into the lake that’s part of his exotic zoo in…

Pauline Kael changed the movies with her reviews in The New Yorker, but this doc packs in too much

By Gregory Crofton If you like the movies, you’ll probably find plenty of worth in “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael.” It’s filled with clips from classic films like “Citizen Kane,” (1941), “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) and “One…

‘Who Killed Malcolm X?’ is Bloody, Plainly True and streaming on Netflix

By Gregory Crofton Malcolm X’s home was firebombed a week before he was shot to death in Manhattan on Feb. 21, 1965. Metal pellets from a sawed-off shotgun blast pierced his heart and caused his death. The shooting involved five…

Oscar-nominated ‘Honeyland’ is filmmaking by candle light in Northern Macedonia

By Gregory Crofton Expected a cinematic take on a beekeeper’s life, but found an even richer story on honey gathering, the challenge of bad neighbors and the difficulty of living sustainably in a capitalistic world. All told the filmmaking team…

‘Miss Americana’ is a huge hit on Netflix with Taylor Swift fans, but is it any good?

By Gregory Crofton Taylor Swift is brilliant, no doubt. She was that annoying nerd in high school who did everything right, but in her case songwriting and entertaining, not being class president, was the game to play. One of the…

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