Documentary

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Finding Hygge

Finding Hygge explores the Danish concept of hygge, which a quick Google search tells me has to do with comfort, wellness, and happiness.  I was forced to Google, because at no point in this ninety-minute long documentary is the concept distilled or defined in a coherent manner.

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Sharkwater: Extinction

Circling back to the achievements he made wth his breakout doc Sharkwater, filmmaker/conservationist Rob Stewart checks in in the status of sharks in his final film Sharkwater: Extinction. The documentary, however, takes on a parallel meaning because it’s not only a swan song to an endangered species, it’s also a touching goodbye to Stewart and his career in activism.

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Wonders of the Sea

NOTE: Wonders of the Sea is currently being screened in 3D across Canada, but this review reflects the 2D version of the film.  Wonders of the Sea has everything that you would get out of an uninterrupted computer screensaver of the ocean floor: opulent underwater visuals of fish and undefinable critters, and crossover transitions that meld everything together.  The screensaver is better, however, because it’s quiet.  Wonders of the Sea is informative, but there are too many…

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Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Hale County This Morning, This Evening is an unconventional documentary of sorts, but it makes sense for photographer RaMell Ross to make his feature-length filmmaking debut with this project.  After all, it’s essentially an assortment of photographs that have come to life.  The film captures fragmented life in Hale County, Alabama;  creating a fly-on-the-wall visit for audiences who observe the community during routines and conversations.  Only a few subjects are interviewed on camera, but they speak openly…

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Inventing Tomorrow

Inventing Tomorrow, Laura Nix’s uplifting documentary about teenage scientists competing at the Intel ISEF (the science fair to end all science fairs), is a much-needed antidote to the cynicism that seems to be increasingly present everywhere we look.

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Fyre

The Fyre Festival looked like it was a party best experienced through social media in the comfort of your own home.  Well, it turns out there’s an even better way to relive the chaos of the ill-fated festival: through Chris Smith’s feature-length documentary, Fyre.  Netflix subscribers will watch Fyre in disbelief.

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Hal

Hal Ashby is undoubtedly one of the underrated greats of American cinema.  While he never quite became a household name, his films frequently had a certain magical quality to them;  never quite being the film that people think of when referring to the great works of an actor, but rather that other film that always comes out in the second or third breath.  Films like Harold & Maude, The Last Detail, Bound for Glory and Being There ensured that he would…