2017 Documentary Movies
- December 31st, 2017
Producer Steven Spielberg reteams with Munich and Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner for this biographical drama based on the book by author David Kertzer, which tells the story of a young Italian Jew who was taken from his parents by the Papal States at age seven, and raised as a Catholic - paving the path for his unlikely future in the priesthood. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
- 60 mins
Sylvester Stallone and John G. Avildsen narrate behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Rocky" to mark the film's 40th anniversary.
- December 31st, 2017
The first in-depth profile of illustrator Richard Amsel, detailing his remarkable body of work while chronicling an enigmatic life of personal heartbreak, celebrity friendships, creative genius, and a tragic end at the age of 37 from AIDS.
- 91 mins
The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next seven Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down.
- January 23rd, 2017
- 114 mins
A documentary about the Slenderman stabbing in 2014.
- 101 mins
A famous television personality struggles to restore science to its rightful place in a world hostile to evidence and reason.
- April 22nd, 2017
- 76 mins
Directed by Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, Disneynature’s “Born in China” follows the stories of three animal families, transporting audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery captured in the remote wilds of China, the film is produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and premiere nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.
- January 7th, 2017
- 95 mins
The story of a family's complicated love, this documentary is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie's response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens.
- March 3rd, 2017
- 76 mins
Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe is a documentary feature about the passion and personalities at the heart of today’s new wave of burlesque. On stage and in candid conversation, twelve of today’s hottest performers reveal the naked truth about an exotic world where artifice is a route to authenticity and pretending to be someone else is the ultimate journey to become yourself. These burlesquers put it all on the line in performances that are sexy, funny, elegant and outrageous – and they bare more than just their bodies as they discuss their artistic vision, their financial struggles, the misconceptions that infuriate them and the community that sustains them.
- April 27th, 2017
- 80 mins
Over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramseys’ Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and even performances from the local community. In doing so, Casting JonBenet examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behavior of successive generations of parents and children.