Ali documentary features home videos

Clare Lewins’ documentary “I Am Ali” is perfectly summarized during an interview with George Foreman, in which the former boxing champ firmly states, “Boxing is no way to define Muhammad Ali.” Though that may...

Struggles of dwarfism explored in film

For many, it is difficult to truly grasp the plight of people with noticeable differences in appearance and the emotional strength those people must maintain. The theme of coping with such a physical difference...

Famous hip-hop album inspires film

Documentaries often paint a remarkably heavy-handed picture of their subjects — an overflow of positive information is shown on the screen and little negative information is offered. “Nas: Time is Illmatic” falls into this...

Film shows new side to Nazi leader

Neither a traditional documentary nor a biopic, “The Decent One” introduces a unique storytelling style, one entirely told through firsthand accounts. The film consists of candid diary entries, letters, family pictures and home videos...

Lead actor excels in veteran story

Centered around a decorated U.S. Army medic returning home after 15 months in Afghanistan, “Fort Bliss” is a powerful addition to the growing subgenre of films about veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and...

On-screen chemistry excels in ‘Disappearance’

First-time feature film director Ned Benson’s “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” captures the delicate intricacies of a crumbling relationship. None of the romance is sugarcoated, and because of the intense performances, the pain...

Actors in ‘The Drop’ bring depth

In Michaël Roskam’s second feature, “The Drop,” the central plot points involve an adorable puppy and brutal violence. It is a weird combination that allows the film to distinguish itself from the average crime...

Director’s debut film explores concept of age

At first glance, “My Old Lady” is a neatly packaged film, sure to serve as a nostalgic “Philomena”-like trip down memory lane. But, there is more to “Lady” than meets the eye. Israel Horovitz’s...

New York City films to see on Netflix, in theaters

As a student in New York City, it can be challenging to remain in touch with the magic that ushered us to NYU. The once vibrant, bustling island can easily turn into a stress-filled,...
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