Music documentary

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George Michael: Freedom Uncut review – pop hero lets it all hang out
Fans are unlikely to care that there’s hardly enough new material to justify a re-release of this 2017 documentary – Michael was just too good

Cath Clarke

22, Jun, 2022 @12:00 PM

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From J-Lo to Taylor Swift, ‘pop docs’ are glamorous fun – and smart propaganda | Hannah Strong
Jennifer Lopez’s Halftime is the latest film released by a female pop star that blurs the lines between documentary and fiction, says journalist Hannah Strong

Hannah Strong

21, Jun, 2022 @3:55 PM

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George Michael: Freedom Uncut review – strictly for the fans
There’s extensive archive footage of the singer’s life, but the choice of interviewees seems random

Wendy Ide

19, Jun, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind review – Ethan Coen’s amazing tribute to the Killer
The Coen brother goes solo to put together a documentary about the shamanic wild man of early rock’n’roll, who reinvented himself as a country and gospel act

Peter Bradshaw

22, May, 2022 @8:20 PM

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a-ha: The Movie review – Norway’s 80s pop pinups in dour, exacting details
The trio recount their formative years – and their fallouts – in this slightly dispiriting documentary

Wendy Ide

22, May, 2022 @11:00 AM

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a-ha: The Movie review – Take on Me hitmakers relive the highs and the lows
An air of self-loathing and regret hangs over this 40th-anniversary documentary about the Norwegian trio who shot to fame in the 80s

Cath Clarke

18, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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This Much I Know to Be True review – Nick Cave on music, art and healing
The musician holds the spotlight again in Andrew Dominik’s followup documentary, with star-quality input from Warren Ellis and Marianne Faithfull

Leslie Felperin

10, May, 2022 @2:00 PM

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This Much I Know to Be True review – Nick Cave and Warren Ellis on transcendent form
Capturing intimate live performances of their albums Ghosteen and Carnage, Andrew Dominik’s documentary gets to the heart of a remarkable creative partnership

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

08, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Ennio review – Giuseppe Tornatore’s heartfelt tribute to film composer Morricone
The maestro talks about what drove his famous scores while actors, directors and musical peers celebrate his contribution to cinema

Leslie Felperin

20, Apr, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Charli XCX: Alone Together review – singer’s intimate journal of lockdown album
Documentary follows the singer as she pulls together her record How I’m Feeling Now in close touch with her fans

Phil Hoad

13, Apr, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Songs for Drella review – Lou Reed and John Cale’s moving journey into Warhol
The filmed 1990 reunion of Reed and Cale performing their spiky album testament to Warhol was thought lost

Leslie Felperin

12, Apr, 2022 @12:00 PM

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All I Can Say review – Shannon Hoon’s kaleidoscopic images of pre-internet fame
A collaged video diary shot by the lead singer of Blind Melon, before his death in 1995, provides a quizzical time capsule

Phil Hoad

06, Apr, 2022 @12:00 PM

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