Documentary Films and Programs

Review: ‘California Typewriter’: Preserving the Past, Key by Key

This documentary directed by Doug Nichol plumbs the depths of devotion to a machine whose day might appear to be over.

Review: A Whitney Houston Documentary, Dutifully Respectful

In “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” a behind-the-scenes portrait of the singer’s rise and struggles with fame.

What’s on TV Tuesday: Iranian Vampires and Scientologists

Ana Lily Amirpour puts a Middle Eastern spin, with a touch of Italian westerns, on the Dracula tale. And Leah Remini returns with more tales of disillusioned Scientologists.

Review: A True-Life Journey Into Interstellar Space in ‘The Farthest’

Emer Reynolds’s dazzling film traces the history of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Like the NASA team that produced these spacecraft, it inspires awe.

Review: Anatomy of Ferguson, From a Shooting to Activism

The documentary “Whose Streets?” examines the protests that came after the traumatic police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

Review: ‘Machines’ Casts Unflinching Eye on Indian Poverty

In the director Rahul Jain’s first feature, he follows the lives of workers — and their working conditions — in a textile factory in Sachin, India.

In ‘Step,’ Finding a Language for Hopes, Fears and Dreams

“When they can’t speak about who they are in their everyday lives, they step,” Amanda Lipitz says of the girls whose lives she documented in the film “Step.”

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Icarus’ and ‘Rachel Getting Married’

Bryan Fogel sets out to test doping in cycling and ends up embroiled in scandal. And Jonathan Demme’s loving take on family dysfunction comes to Hulu.

What’s on TV Friday: ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ and ‘Comrade Detective’

“Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later” returns with a follow-up to the 2015 prequel series. And “Comrade Detective” takes viewers to 1980s Romania.

Streaming: ‘Icarus’ Puts Russia, Cycling and Doping Into One Cocktail

A Netflix documentary begins as an experiment to mask the use of performance-enhancing drugs, but ends up witnessing Russia’s Olympic doping program.

Review: In ‘Step,’ Baltimore Teenagers on the Cusp of Womanhood

Three high school seniors balance applying to college and devoting time to rehearsing for a major dance competition.

Review: ‘It’s Not Yet Dark,’ an Inspirational Journey by a Man With A.L.S.

This documentary takes you into the mind and body of a young filmmaker, Simon Fitzmaurice, who wakes each morning closer to total paralysis.