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Mr. Rogers the feature film, meet Mr. Rogers the documentary (along with other great documentaries)

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Two films about Mr. Rogers have been released fairly recently, one you have probably heard about and the other, perhaps not. 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks, was just released with much fanfare as the 2019 holiday movie season begins. Another, the highly praised documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? came out in late 2018.

Many well-reviewed documentaries fly a little lower on the radar than big Hollywood movies, so it is worth drawing attention to them. Here is a list of some recent documentaries that have been spoken highly of by critics and audiences alike.

 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

BIOGRAPHY DVD ROGERS

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

“Unexpectedly powerful” —Sarah Larson from The New Yorker

 

Free Solo

SPORTS OUTDOOR DVD FRE

Alex Honnold, the worlds most accomplished free soloist climber, prepares mentally and physically for his most daring adventure to date: scaling the 3200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite without a rope or safety gear.

“Great documentaries, of which this is one, need great subjects, and Mr. Honnold fills the bill” —Joe Morgenstern from The Wall Street Journal

 

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

BIOGRAPHY DVD WILLIAMS

An intimate look into the life and work of the revered master comedian and actor.

“Amplifies the feeling of how original and irreplaceable he was” —Sophie Gilbert from The Atlantic

 

Human Flow

SOCSCI DVD HUM

Examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

“An ambitious, humane and often shocking cine-essay on the subject of migrants” —Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian

 

The Biggest Little Farm

SOCSCI FOOD DVD BIG

John Chester chronicles the eight-year quest he and Molly Chester went on when they traded city living for 200 acres of barren farmland in the foothills of Ventura County.

“A thoughtful and often profoundly moving portrait of the remarkable work involved in producing mindful food” —Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly

 

I Am Not Your Negro

SOCSCI CIVRTS DVD I

Master documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck give us a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material.

“You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force” —A.O. Scott from The New York Times

 

Jane

BIOGRAPHY DVD GOODALL

Looks back at Jane Goodall's career as a primatologist, animal rights advocate, and environmental activist. Comprised of present-day interview segments and archival footage.

“Everything builds to a rising crescendo that makes you feel like your heart is going to burst” —April Wolfe from The Village Voice