Sini Anderson, USA, 2013, 81 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic Snappily edited, and brilliantly music-sequenced, this Kathleen Hanna bio-doc offers a fascinating story that is as much about a personal evolution through feminism as it is about music. Pop culture checkpoints in the film include Hanna contributing the title "Smells Like...

Errol Morris, USA, 1988, 103 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic This documentary owes its outsized reputation not just to its groundbreaking/influential cinematic style, but more than anything to the fact that its indisputable analysis freed the wrongly-convicted Randall Adams, who had been sentenced to life in prison for a cop-killing...

Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller, USA, 2014, 134 minutes Wikipedia page critic reviews via Metacritic Moneyball – Bennett Miller, USA, 2011, 113 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic In most reviews of Foxcatcher there is very little criticism of what's actually on screen. The few negative comments tend to focus on what's not there—and that might be because, for...

Girlhood – Liz Garbus, USA, 2003, 82 minutes IMDb page critic reviews via Metacritic Girlhood (Bande de filles) – Céline Sciamma, France, 2014, 113 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic It was a pretty savvy move by Netflix, if it was a conscious decision, to add these two films around the same time as Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Then...

Carlos – Olivier Assayas, France/Germany, 2010, 165 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic Something in the Air (Après Mai) – Olivier Assayas, France, 2012, 122 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic As tense and fascinating as any historical-political drama you've ever seen, Carlos follows the life of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, a.k.a. Carlos the Jackal,...

Roman Polanski, France, 1976, 125 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic Inferior, in my view, to the other two films in Roman Polanski's "Apartment trilogy" (Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby are a hard act to follow, it's true), but not without its own curious charms, The Tenant has...

Steve James, USA, 2014, 120 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic It was never likely, with Steve James at the helm, that this adaptation of film critic Roger Ebert's memoir was going to be a straightforward bio-doc built from talking heads and archival clips and graphics—of course...

Claire Denis, France, 2013, 100 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic Claire Denis is the sort of director who thinks that the consequences and traces of awful actions are at least as cinematic as the acts themselves, and Bastards makes compelling evidence for that case. This post-neo-noir goes to...

Dror Moreh, Israel/France/Belgium/Germany, 2012, 101 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic The Gatekeepers has got to be the most politically important film on Netflix, but it also happens to be one of the most fascinating. The film drew plenty of media attention on the 2012 festival circuit and...