‘American Symphony’ Shows There’s Panic at the Very Top Too

By Gregory Crofton Director Matthew Heineman has made his own sweet symphony bringing to the screen the love story of musician and singer John Batiste and his wife Suleika Jaouad, a writer living with leukemia. Heineman is devoted to observational…

‘The Deepest Breath’ Finds True Romance Where Hollywood Never Could

By Gregory Crofton Humans can be strange. Whether they’re on a deadly path to reach the peak of Earth’s tallest mountain, or diving deep into the ocean on a single breath, some people need danger to get by. Director Laura…

‘MOTHERLAND’ Takes Top Prize at Copenhagen Doc Fest

By Gregory Crofton What does it feel like to live in a fascist state ruled by a dictator named Alexander Lukashenko? Directors Alexander Mihalkovich and Hanna Badziaka show in their 92-minute film “Motherland” that it makes life painful and confusing,…

‘Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence’ is a Devastating Look at Mind Control

By Gregory Crofton Director Zachary Heinzerling (Cutie and the Boxer) assembled this three-part documentary is one of the best I’ve seen. I watched it in one sitting despite being bored with the over-done “cult documentary.” It is a devastating look…

Total Grunge: Love and Depression Glow in Beautiful ‘How to Save a Dead Friend’

By Gregory Crofton Marusya Syroechkovskaya first picked up a camera as a teen to capture her disaffected life in Butovo, Russia, just south of Moscow. As a 16-year-old she wanted to die on a daily basis. She smoked Pall Malls…

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