John Sheinfeld's documentary portrait of Harry Nilsson

‘Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talking About Him)?’ on Amazon Prime

Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talking About Him)? (2006) – The name may not be instantly recognizable but Harry Nilsson (who died of cancer in 1994) was once the golden boy of American pop music. The Grammy-winning singer (“Everybody’s Talking,” “Without You”) and songwriter (“Me and My Arrow,” “Jump Into the Fire”) […]

The true-crime documentary series "The Keepers."

What to stream: true-crime series ‘The Keepers’ on Netflix, ‘Me Before You’ on Amazon and Hulu, and more

The new Netflix original documentary mini-series The Keepers delves into the decades-old unsolved murder: Sister Cathy, who taught at a parochial school in Baltimore until her disappearance in 1969 at the age of 26. The series has drawn comparisons to Making a Murderer, the binge-worthy 2015 Netflix true crime original, but Los Angeles Time critic […]

John Ford shoots a military documentary

Hollywood goes to war – The documentaries of ‘Five Came Back’ on Netflix

In conjunction with the premiere of the original documentary Five Came Back, the story of how Hollywood’s great filmmakers went to war as filmmakers for the armed service in World War II, Netflix has made a number of the documentaries featured in the production available on Netflix. Here’s a guide to some of the highlights. […]

What to stream: ‘Five Came Back’ on Netflix, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ on VOD

The three-part original documentary Five Came Back, based on the book by Mark Harris, explores how Hollywood filmmakers John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens documented World War II and how their experiences informed their lives and their work after the war “[T]he advantage the documentary has over the book is […]

Shirley Clarke directs this pioneering American independent film

Shirley Clarke’s landmark ‘The Connection’ on Amazon Prime

The Connection (1962), the debut feature from Shirley Clarke, turns a stage play originally produced by New York’s revolutionary Living Theater as a play within a play into an innovative work of cinema. Clarke was a pioneering American independent filmmaker before that label was even invented and her work was unpreserved and largely unavailable until […]

Ken Burns’s ‘Prohibition’ on Netflix

Prohibition (2011), Ken Burns’ portrait of “the Noble Experiment” turned American disaster, follows Burns’s trademark approach to American history by putting big events into perspective through the personal stories of both significant historical figures and the everyday citizens. That’s particularly effective in the story of prohibition, which traditionally is presented in terms of the activism […]

Watch This! Oscar-nominated ‘Joe’s Violin’ streaming free

Joe’s Violin chronicles the relationship that develops between Joe Feingold, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, and Brianna Perez, a 12-year-old Bronx school girl, when Joe donates his violin to a music program. The film, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, explores how this act of generosity changed the lives of both of these individuals. […]