‘BEWARE OF MR. BAKER’: Evil Drummer Reinvents Rock ‘n’ Roll

By Gregory Crofton “BEWARE OF MR. BAKER” was one of this year’s hit documentaries, which means it will likely at least recoup its expenses, but more importantly, that both critics and audiences liked it. It’s hard to go wrong with…

‘LET THE FIRE BURN’ Will Leave You With Raw Emotions and Questions

By Gregory Crofton A sure sign you’ve watched a good documentary is that trip you take to the computer after it’s ended to research where the issue stands, or to find out what people in the film are doing now.…

‘BILL W.’: Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous Did LSD and Was a Pioneering Wall Street Analyst

By Gregory Crofton “BILL W.” is a documentary about Bill Wilson, the man who founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 with the help of his good friend, Dr. Bob Smith, who had Wilson helped get sober. The first frames of the…

‘SALINGER’: Slow But Interesting Character Study of ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ Author

By Gregory Crofton Documentaries about writers always draw me in, so I was disappointed to read in quite a few places that “SALINGER,” the film about the writer of “THE CATCHER IN THE RYE,” J.D. Salinger, is disappointing and downright…

‘CUTIE AND THE BOXER’: Chilling, Artful Documentary Quietly Soars

By Gregory Crofton Its modern classical soundtrack is what elevates this gentle, meaningful love story of two Asian artists who found each other in New York City. But also its the characters, especially Cutie — real name Noriko — who…

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