Batkid begins trailer

Batkid Begins will restore your faith in humanity. We live in a cynical world; hate and conflict are things we all deal with every day. But in the documentary Batkid Begins, you get to see how pop culture can not only bring out the best in people, it can unite us in ways that are absolutely remarkable.

You probably remember back in 2013, a young boy diagnosed with leukemia was chosen by the San Francisco Make-A-Wish foundation to get his wish. The boy, Miles Scott, wanted to be Batman. Granting that wish would be no easy task. As news of his wish got out, the event snowballed into something bigger than anyone imagined. From his family to the planning to the worldwide reaction, you see all facets of this incredible event in Batkid Begins. 

Directed by Dana Nachman, Batkid Begins will be released by New Line Cinema on June 26. (Julia Roberts is also producing a narrative version of the story.) Check out the first Batkid Begins trailer below. Read More »

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Amy Winehouse documentary

The basics of Amy Winehouse’s brief life are familiar to many. She was a talented musician whose life spiraled out of control even as her career took off, resulting in her sudden death at the age of 27. But in his new documentary Amy, director Asif Kapadia digs past her tragic image to uncover the brilliant, complicated woman underneath. Watch the new Amy trailer after the jump.

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Luke and Biggs

The best thing about documentaries is there’s something for everyone. No matter what you’re into, from the grandest ideas like religion or politics, to the smallest things like Star Wars, someone has made a movie about it. Then things can get even more specific within those ideas. In the case of Star Wars, two new docs tackle the series from two very different, but equally interesting angles.

First up, a new documentary has turned to IndieGoGo to research the Star Wars prequels. It’s called The Prequels Strike Back. Then, there’s a short documentary you can watch right now about Biggs Darklighter, Luke Skywalker’s best friend who was largely cut from the original film. Learn more about both Star Wars documentaries below. Read More »

Look of Silence trailer

Joshua Oppenheimer follows his Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing with The Look of Silence, which continues to explore the aftereffects of the 1965 Indonesian Genocide, and you can see a very powerful Look of Silence trailer below.

While The Act of Killing focused primarily on some of the surviving ringleaders of the genocide, The Look of Silence focuses more specifically on one man, Adi, whose brother was killed during the genocide, and who discovers the identities of his brother’s murderers, and confronts them. More intimate in scope but no less effective and terrifying than The Act of Killing, Oppenheimer’s new companion doc is viewing every bit as essential as his first exploration of the subject. Read More »

The Nightmare trailer

Rodney Ascher made his big-screen debut with the documentary Room 237, which gave voice to crazy fan theories about The Shining, and in the process explored the ways we interact with films and our assumptions about filmmakers. Now Ascher is tackling a subject that is much closer to home for some people: sleep paralysis.

In The Nightmare, Ascher interviews subjects who suffer from sleep paralysis — where one is awake, but completely unable to move, and sometimes beset by hallucinations — and then recreates these very personal visions and terrors. The result is a film Germain called “absolutely horrifying” when it premiered at Sundance.

Check out The Nightmare trailer after the jump. Read More »

Beyond the Brick Trailer

Lego is the biggest, most successful toy company in the world. But it wasn’t always that way. Just a decade ago, the company was in danger of failing. New leadership had to redirect and refocus the brand before it began to soar. Then, with last year’s release of The Lego Movie, Lego was brought to the mainstream in a way it never had been before.

Before that even happened, filmmakers Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge were on the ground floor. They were documenting the world of Lego for a film now called A Lego Brickumentary (It was formerly called Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.) The film hit the festival circuit last year but is now set for nationwide release, both in theaters and online, on July 31. The first trailer for the film, which is narrated by Jason Bateman, is now online and it’s a must watch not only for fans of Lego, but people who just don’t get the appeal, which is surely lots of you. Read More »

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Nina Simone documentary

Nina Simone‘s power was evident any time she sang; her personality came through in every aspect of her unique voice and delivery. She was amazing, and her music will endure. But not many people know her full story.

What Happened, Miss Simone? is the authorized Nina Simone documentary, directed by Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the WorldKilling in the Name), and featuring interviews with her family and friends, among many others. The highlight of the film, based on word out of its premiere at Sundance earlier this year, is likely the extended performance footage seen in the doc, but I’m excited to see the whole story. Check out the What Happened, Miss Simone? trailer here. Read More »

SNL Documentary trailer

Live From New York! chronicles the development and longevity of Saturday Night Live as an American comedy instutution, from the early days when it was a surprising voice of social and political commentary on television, through the years when it was an essential proving ground for new comic talent. And it seems the doc goes right through the present day, when SNL continues to define or at least influence public conversations about politicians, events, and ideas. See the SNL documentary trailer below.

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Live From New York release date

You can’t overstate the cultural significance of Saturday Night Live. The live sketch comedy show has been airing for 40 years and developed some of our biggest stars, coined our favorite catch phrases, and created some of our favorite characters. It’s a massive, rich history that’s chronicled in the new documentary Live From New York! directed by Bao Nguyen. The doc is going to open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival this month and now everyone will officially be able to see the film soon after.

Live From New York! will open June 12 in major cities, via Abramorama and everywhere else, based on demand via Tugg. See the full poster and read more about the Live from New York release date. Read More »