Movies in the Documentary genre

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Freakonomics is a most atypical documentary indeed. Comprised of a collection of shorts by noted filmmakers Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), Seth Gordon (The King of Kong), and He...

Free Solo

Spoiler warning: Although this is a documentary chronicling an historically-established event, I am aware that some potential viewers may not be aware of how things turned out. This review candidly discusses the results so those who wish to pr...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2018-10-19
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Profanity)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Cast: Alex Honnold, Sanni McCandless, Jimmy Chin, ...
Games People Play: New York

At first glance, James Ronald Whitney's Games People Play: New York appears to be what one might call an extreme reality game - a combination of "Fear Factor" and "Candid Camera" with stunts so over-the-top that even an R rating would be unattainab...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2004-03-12
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Nudity, Sexual Situations, Profanity)
Director: James Ronald Whitney
Cast: Joshua Coleman, Sarah Smith, Scott Ryan, ...
Greatest Movie Ever Sold, The

It's probably a safe assumption that everyone reading this review is aware of the incestuous relationship that exists between advertising and movies. It's more than a company paying a fee to have a product appear on-screen; there's cross-marketing,...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2011-04-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Brief Nudity)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Cast: Morgan Spurlock
Grizzly Man

2005 has been an uncommonly a good year for documentaries, and Grizzly Man, the latest from acclaimed German director Werner Herzog, does nothing to weaken the field. Grizzly Man is actually three movies in one: a wildlife film about how grizzly b...

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2005-08-12
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Timothy Treadwell
Heart of the Game, The

In recent years, true sports stories, both documentaries and feature films, have become increasingly popular. The nature of the competition, which has varied from football to spelling bees, is irrelevant. Viewers appreciate movies that tell inspi...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2006-06-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Mature Themes)
Director: Ward Serrill
Cast: Bill Resler, Darnellia Russell, Joyce Walker
Herb Alpert Is...

It’s probably fair to say than an individual’s appreciation of John Scheinfeld’s Herb Alpert Is… is most likely tied to one’s appreciation of Alpert’s music. A pop chart titan in the late 1960s and major influence in the music worl...

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2020-10-02
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Documentary
Director: John Scheinfeld
Cast: Herb Alpert, Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Moyers, ...
Hoop Dreams

The wonderful thing about dreams, like hope, is that everyone can nurture their own, and there's no cost. It's taking the next step -- transforming those wispy ideals and half-realized wishes into reality -- that demands a price, and sometimes a ...

Run Time: 2:51
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Director: Steve James
Cast: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Sheila Agee, ...

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Disney was undergoing the resurgence that would transform it from a sputtering bastion of family entertainment into the juggernaut is has since become, there was arguably no more important creative v...

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2020-08-07
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Documentary
Director: Don Hahn
Cast: Howard Ashman, Sarah Gillespie, Jeffrey Katzenberg, ...
In the Shadow of the Moon

There have been countless movies reflecting upon life in the 1960s. Most of those focus on the hippie movement, the civil rights explosion, and Vietnam. In the Shadow of the Moon reminds us that the '60s and early '70s weren't all gloom and unres...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2007-09-14
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Nothing Objectionable)
Director: David Sington
Cast: Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Jim Lovell, ...