Documentary Films and Programs

Review: ‘Spell Reel’ Shows a Revolution Filmed, on the Leader’s Orders

The documentary digs up movies shot to document Guinea-Bissau’s war of independence from Portugal in the 1960s and ’70s.

Review: ‘In Transit,’ and Oh, the Tales These Travelers Tell

Albert Maysles’s last documentary observes passengers traveling Amtrak’s route between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.

Review: Those Movies, Himself — Bertrand Tavernier’s Tour of French Cinema

In “My Journey Through French Cinema,” Mr. Tavernier’s documentary about movies doubles as an autobiography.

Review: ‘All the Rage’ Explores the Mind-Body Connection

This documentary looks at Dr. John Sarno, who posits that many types of chronic pain, particularly back pain, are caused by stress and repressed emotions.

Review: Wait, Was That Confucius? PBS’s Rushed ‘Story of China’

Chinese history in a six-hour mad rush: Blink, and you’ll miss the Great Leap Forward.

Review: ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary’ Gives Composers Their Due

The likes of Max Steiner, Ennio Morricone and Bernard Herrmann are hailed in Matt Schrader’s film, as well as John Williams, Hans Zimmer and others.

Review: ‘Hearing Is Believing’ Documents a Rare Talent

The documentary chronicles the musical development of Rachel Flowers, a blind musician and composer, but it would have benefited from more depth and context.

What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Eagle Huntress’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

A Mongolian teenager tries to break barriers in her nomadic tribe by becoming the first girl to hunt with an eagle. And Offred’s life takes a dark turn.

Tonya Harding, Tragic Muse? More Works Explore a Skating Scandal

A new play and a coming film are joining the various projects that have reconsidered the class dynamics of the Olympics figure skating controversy from 1994.

Review: A Difficult Road to a Diploma in ‘Night School’

Andrew Cohn’s documentary follows three adults as they return to high school. The stories of their struggles are illuminating.

What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Bachelorette’ and ‘If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast’

Rachel Lindsay continues her quest to ride off into the sunset. Carl Reiner talks with fellow nonagenarians about their longevity.

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