Minding The Gap (2018)

BING LIU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2018.  ITVS, Kartemquin Films, P.O.V./American Documentary.  Cinematography by Bing Liu.  Produced by Bing Liu, Diane Moy Quon.  Music by Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero.  Film Editing by Joshua Altman, Bing Liu.  The opening scene of this documentary features two of its main subjects, Zack Mulligan and Keire…

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

STEVE JAMES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2016.  Blue Ice Films, Kartemquin Films, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures.  Cinematography by Tom Bergmann.  Produced by Julie Goldman, Mark Mitten.  Music by Joshua Abrams.  Production Design by Christine Cornell, Matthew Taylor.  Film Editing by John Farbrother, David E. Simpson.  Academy Awards 2017.  National Board of Review Awards 2017. North Carolina Film Critics Awards…

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The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013)

BILL SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2013.  Kartemquin Films.  Produced by Rachel Pikelny.  Music by Joshua Abrams.  Film Editing by Aaron Wickenden. He is now known by his chosen name of Muhammad Ali, or just as The Greatest, an eternally famous boxing champion who was eventually given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President of the United…

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Stevie

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Steve James follows his magnificent Hoop Dreams with this blistering documentary about his reunion with former friend Stephen Fielding, whom he met while mentoring him as a Big Brother years earlier. Catching up with Stevie, James now finds a young man who is in constant trouble with the law and has…

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Hoop Dreams

BBBBB (out of 5) This incredible documentary is everything you’ve heard it is and more. It follows the lives of two inner city Chicago kids who want more than anything to play basketball for the NBA, but what it also does, and here’s where the film is elevated to masterpiece status, is give a wholly…

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