Music documentary

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Oasis Knebworth 1996 review – dreamy music doc looks back in languor
While the gigs’ history-making reputation is overstated, the unchecked euphoria of fans and Gallagher brothers alike is captured perfectly by this 90s nostalgia fest

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

17, Sep, 2021 @11:45 AM

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song review – the inimitable mysteries of music
Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s respectful doc tells the story of the artist through the life of his 1984 song, by turns a modern prayer, symbolist poem and divine gift

Xan Brooks

03, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Janine Jansen: Falling for Stradivari review – violin virtuoso on a mission
This absorbing documentary follows the brilliant Dutch violinist as she attempts to record an album with 12 of the most exquisite Stradivarius violins in existence

Peter Bradshaw

02, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Jazz on a Summer’s Day review –Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson and more shine bright
Powerful musical moments are undercut by exasperating blandness in this rerelease of Bert Stern’s film of the 1958 Newport jazz festival

Peter Bradshaw

29, Aug, 2021 @9:03 PM

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Jeanie Finlay: ‘I don’t film alpha males. They don’t need more exposure’
She spent a year in her room as a teenager, and now makes heart-wrenching documentaries about people looking for safe spaces in record shops, on goth cruises – and even on the set of Game of Thrones

Andrew Male

23, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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The Sparks Brothers review – a match made in heaven
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright is a perfect fit for the absurdist antics of art pop’s most elusive duo in this stranger-than-fiction documentary

Mark Kermode Observer film critic

01, Aug, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The Sparks Brothers review – Edgar Wright’s giddy tribute to the Gilbert and George of pop
The fanboy director’s exhaustive doc follows Ron and Russell Mael over their 50-year career as pop’s great arch humorists

Peter Bradshaw

29, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Summer of Soul review – the best concert film ever made?
Questlove’s magnificent documentary features rediscovered footage of Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone et al in their prime

Mark Kermode Observer film critic

18, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The Velvet Underground review – Todd Haynes doc gets under the art-rockers’ skin
With insights by the band’s former members and friends, this film takes its job seriously – even if it shies away from discordant notes

Peter Bradshaw

07, Jul, 2021 @10:05 PM

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Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About Idles review – fan-friendly portrait of punk’s anti-ironists
The polarising Bristol band are followed from their 2009 inception onwards in Mark Archer’s documentary, which honours their earnestness and energy

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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WITCH: We Intend to Cause Havoc review – the history of Zamrock, Africa’s great forgotten rockers
Film-maker Gio Arlotta and two young musicians are on a quest to track down the legendary leader of a 1970s Zambian band

Steve Rose

30, Jun, 2021 @9:00 AM

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69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez review – Tekashi69, fame-hungry narcissist, unwrapped
With weird, Herzogian moments and steeped in NYC terroir, this portrait of rapper 6ix9ine has much to offer even non-fans

Leslie Felperin

10, Jun, 2021 @8:00 AM

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