RogerEbert.com — Voyeur

Gerald Foos bought a motel in Colorado to spy on his guests having sex with each other. And his story only gets weirder from there. My RogerEbert.com review of the documentary “Voyeur,” which has a lot to say about privacy, journalism and the elusive nature of truth. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Dancer

“Dancer” is an intimate, riveting documentary about Ukrainian ballet superstar Sergei Polunin, the media-hyped “bad boy” who reached the heights of success at an astonishingly young age, only to walk away from it all at 25. Director Steven Cantor explores the paradox of having it all and still not feeling satisfied. My RogerEbert.com review. Read […]

RogerEbert.com — He Named Me Malala

Davis Guggenheim’s documantary takes a frustratingly superficial look at the life of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education and went on to become the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She’s a worthy and fascinating subject, to be sure — and she’s incredibly charismatic […]

RogerEbert.com — A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

The documentary “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” follows a young woman’s journey from insecure bullying victim to internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and lobbyist. Velasquez — who was born with a syndrome that gave her striking facial features and makes it difficult for her to gain weight — radiates sweetness and humor, no matter […]

Amy

A24 Films Rated R for language and drug material. Running time: 128 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. There’s a scene toward the end of “Amy,” the documentary about the dizzyingly quick rise and fall of Amy Winehouse, that provides a glimmer of hope, even though we’re constantly aware that her demise […]

RogerEbert.com — Monkey Kingdom

Behold, the irresistible cuteness of the macaque monkeys frolicking about a Sri Lankan jungle in the latest Disneynature documentary. But beware: Some of the situations are clearly staged and manipulated. Your kids won’t mind, though. Mine didn’t. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Dior and I

You don’t have to know a thing about fashion to appreciate the hard work and longtime devotion on display in this intimate documentary. Director Frederic Tcheng goes behind the scenes as the new creative director at Christian Dior, Raf Simons, puts together his first haute couture show — in just eight weeks. If you’re fascinated […]

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

HBO Documentary Films Unrated Running time: 119 minutes. Three stars out of four. The building you see in the photo above is the headquarters of the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles. Painted a glaring shade of periwinkle, with a blindingly bright, Las Vegas-style marquee out front, it is an unavoidable landmark along a busy […]

RogerEbert.com — The Wrecking Crew

This affectionate and respectful documentary shines a spotlight on a group of studio musicians who performed on many of the biggest and most enduring hits of the 1960s and early ’70s. There’s a ton of great music in here, but the movie as a whole can get a little scattered and repetitive. My RogerEbert.com review. […]

Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of

Gravitas Ventures Unrated. 101 minutes. Three stars out of four. Notwithstanding the distracting use of a preposition at the end of its title, the documentary “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” mostly stays on target as both an engaging and entertaining look at the boy band’s attempted resurgence. Now, I was never much […]