Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison Of Belief (2015)

ALEX GIBNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2015. HBO Documentary Films, Jigsaw Productions, Sky Atlantic. Screenplay by Alex Gibney, based on the book by Lawrence Wright. Cinematography by Samuel Painter. Produced by Alex Gibney, Matthew Slater, Kristen Vaurio, Lawrence Wright. Music by Will Bates. Production Design by Rob Locasio. Film Editing by Andy…

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Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

ERIN LEE CARR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2017.  HBO Documentary Films.  Cinematography by Bryan Sarkinen.  Produced by Andrew Rossi.  Music by Ian Hultquist.  Film Editing by Andrew Coffman. The murder of Dee Dee Blanchard is just the beginning of a horror story that defies the scariest tales ever made up for the…

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Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures (2016)

FENTON BAILEY, RANDY BARBATO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA/Germany, 2016.  Film Manufacturers, HBO Documentary Films, World of Wonder Productions.  Cinematography by Mario Panagiotopoulos, Huy Truong.  Produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Mona Card, Katharina Otto-Bernstein.  Music by David Benjamin Steinberg.  Production Design by James McGowan.  Film Editing by Langdon Page. This film is reviewed at Magenta Magazine.  Click here to be…

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Beware The Slenderman (2016)

IRENE TAYLOR BRODSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2016.  HBO Documentary Films, Vermilion Films.  Cinematography by Nick Midwig.  Produced by Irene Taylor Brodsky, Sophie Harris.  Film Editing by Gladys Murphy.   On a Saturday morning in May 2014, in the middle class suburban town of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a pre-teen named Payton Leutner, known as Bella, crawled her way to…

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Everything Is Copy (2015)

JACOB BERNSTEIN, NICK HOOKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 2015.  HBO Documentary Films, Home Box Office, Loveless.  Screenplay by Jacob Bernstein.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Carly Hugo, Matthew Parker.  Music by Joel Goodman.  Film Editing by Bob Eisenhardt.   Nora Ephron died in 2012 at the age of 71 of leukemia, and the shocking news of her death was…

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Gideon’s Army (2013)

DAWN PORTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  HBO Documentary Films, Motto Pictures, Trilogy Films.  Screenplay by Matthew Hamachek, Dawn Porter. Cinematography by Chris Hilleke.  Produced by Julie Goldman, Dawn Porter.  Music by Paul Brill.  Film Editing by Matthew Hamachek.  Public defenders have been a federal right for anyone brought to trial ever since the 1963 case of…

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Citizenfour (2014)

LAURA POITRAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/Germany/United Kingdom, 2014.  Praxis Films, Participant Media, HBO Documentary Films.  Cinematography by Kirsten Johnson, Trevor Paglen, Laura Poitras, Katy Scoggin. Produced by Mathilde Bonnefoy, Laura Poitras, Dirk Wilutzky.  Film Editing by Mathilde Bonnefoy.   Filmmaker Laura Poitras’ career of politically incendiary films had already made her a target for government watch lists when…

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Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired (2008)

MARINA ZENOVICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2008.  HBO Documentary Films, Graceful Pictures, British Broadcasting Corporation, Antidote Films.  Screenplay by Joe Bini, P.G. Morgan, Marina Zenovich. Cinematography by Tanja Koop.  Produced by Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Lila Yacoub, Marina Zenovich.  Music by Mark De Gli Antoni.  Film Editing by Joe Bini.  It’s one of the most notorious celebrity-related crime cases in…

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Gasland (2010)

JOSH FOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 2010.  International WOW Company, HBO Documentary Films.  Screenplay by Josh Fox.  Produced by Trish Adlesic, Josh Fox, Molly Gandour.  Music by Susan Jacobs, Jackie Mulhearn.  Film Editing by Matthew Sanchez.   In this astonishing documentary, director Josh Fox records his experiences with giant energy corporations after being informed that his land was…

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Twist Of Faith (2004)

KIRBY DICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2004.  Chain Camera Pictures, HBO Documentary Films.  Cinematography by Tom Hofbauer, Eddie Schmidt.  Produced by Eddie Schmidt.  Music by Blake Leyh.  Film Editing by Jill Haag, Stephanie Hernstadt, Sandy Olkowski.   Firefighter Tony Comes is 33 years old and married with two children. His past sexual abuse by a priest comes back…

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