| Feb 15, 2014
| 8:00 AM
The first months of the year are, by consensus, the bleakest of cinematic times. But not so much if, like me, you are a lover of documentaries, someone who revels in the pleasures of the nonfiction film.
Proofs of the remarkable strength of...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 12:53 PM
"Blackfish," "20 Feet From Stardom" and "Tim's Vermeer" are among the 15 films that have made the Oscar shortlist for documentary features, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.
Members of the documentary branch narrowed...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 9:46 AM
A film of spare precision if not much mystery, writer-director Terry Miles' comedy-drama "Cinemanovels" (starting Monday at Facets) stars Lauren Lee Smith as the daughter of Canada's most famous fictitious film director, recently deceased. The Quebecois...
| May 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Two days after her 11th birthday, Sarah Polley lost her mother to cancer. The death came as a shock, even though her father and older siblings had watched Diane Polley battle the disease for months. As she grew up in Toronto under the care of her father,...
| May 16, 2013
| 4:53 PM
Don't be fooled by its deceptively simple title or the hesitant, unassuming way it begins. Writer-director Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" ends up an invigorating powerhouse of a personal documentary, adventurous and absolutely fascinating....
| May 16, 2013
| 8:17 AM
Everywhere in the culture, there's another monologuist or filmmaker placing herself at the center of a question, or a series of questions: What's up with my family? How did I get here? How can one charismatic family member hold so many secrets?
| May 20, 2013
| 4:00 AM
"Star Trek Into Darkness" opened atop the U.S. box office, though its debut didn't quite make the jump to warp speed that Paramount Pictures executives expected.
"Into Darkness," the second J.J. Abrams-directed installment in the long-running science-...
| May 21, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Sarah Polley's documentary "Stories We Tell" has been lauded by critics for its invigorating storytelling and the compelling way it unveils a deep-seated family secret. (Spoilers ahead.)
But many viewers say they feel particularly energized by the movie...
| May 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
In Sarah Polley's unconventional documentary, "Stories We Tell," "truth" is a relative term when family secrets are involved. The Canadian actress-writer-director's quest is resolving her parentage. Did she have another father, as childhood teasing...