Documentary Films and Programs

Review: ‘Casting JonBenet’ Revisits a 1996 Murder

In a conceptual exercise, actors audition for roles in the celebrated case as a way of showing how people are still preoccupied by it.

Review: ‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story,’ With Juicy Showbiz Lore

Berns is not as well known as Phil Spector, but this songwriter and music producer amassed an impressive number of durable pop and R&B hits in the 1960s.

Review: ‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992,’ a Wrenching John Ridley Film

Politicians, the police, victims and survivors deliver an oral history of the rising racial tensions that led to the early-1990s Los Angeles riots.

Review: ‘The Penguin Counters,’ Cheery in Treacherous Conditions

This documentary follows biologists to Antarctica, where they estimate the animals’ numbers and gauge the damage of climate change.

Review: ‘Behind the White Glasses,’ the Divisive Lina Wertmüller

The Italian director was an important filmmaker in the 1970s, but Valerio Ruiz’s rambling portrait feels stuck in that particular moment.

Review: ‘Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,’ a Chef’s Tribulations

Lydia Tenaglia’s documentary is a portrait of Mr. Tower, a force behind the California Cuisine movement in the 1970s, among other culinary feats.

Review: Jacobs and Moses Star in ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’

Jane Jacobs fought against Robert Moses’ plans to develop Lower Manhattan. This documentary revisits their legendary feud.

Review: In ‘Born in China,’ an Antelope Outshines a Panda

Disneynature’s latest documentary visits remote parts of China to provide rare glimpses of young animals in the wild.

Review: 3 Anniversary Programs Look at Los Angeles in Flames

A&E, Showtime and the Smithsonian Channel reflect on the moment in 1992 when the Rodney King verdict set off a wave of violence.

What’s on TV Monday: Isabelle Huppert in ‘Elle,’ and ‘A Cat in Paris’

It’s a Francophile’s delight with shivery roles from Ms. Huppert and Catherine Deneuve, and an animated Parisian cat who happens to be a burglar.

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