Control freak, egotist, critical genius: As Life Itself shows, Roger Ebert was very much the director of his own life.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

Critics are rarely beloved creatures. There’s always the impression they’re leeching off the back of the real creatives. It might be a symbiotic relationship, but, at best, they’re considered a necessary evil.

But not in the case of Roger Ebert.…

Finding Vivian Maier is a sharp-eyed portrait of a brilliant recluse

4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

What is it about genius that fascinates us, especially unappreciated genius?

From Edgar Allen Poe to Vincent Van Gogh, there’s a certain narrative of tortured brilliance that we’ve become accustomed to. It’s rare, however, that the story begins with a box of undeveloped negatives going up for auction.…

We Steal Secrets doesn’t get away with much

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

 

One of the key issues of our times, the freedom and right to information has become embodied in the figure of one person: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Unfortunately, the sociological debate has become caught up in the issues surrounding Assange, the accusations against him, his flight and taking refuge.…

Blackfish: a heartbreaking plea for a species’ freedom

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Orcus orcina, also known as the killer whale. While the name suggests violence, it relates instead to the Roman god of the underworld. Besides, the orca is more closely related to the snubfin dolphin than its blue, sperm, or baleen namesake.

Stories We Tell is a minor miracle of documentary film-making

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

 

“Why would anyone care about our family?”

In the case of a family other than filmmaker Sarah Polley’s that might well be a valid concern. Polley’s relatives, however, are such an engaging, lively, immensely likeable bunch that it’s a pleasure spending time in their company.…

Stone Roses: Made of Stone is an edifice in need of a purpose

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

“A clear horizon — nothing to worry about on your plate, only things that are creative and not destructive…

I can’t bear quarreling, I can’t bear feelings between people — I think hatred is wasted energy, and it’s all non-productive.