20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy You don’t know their names, but their prodigious impact on the history of rock ‘n roll is undeniable. 20 Feet From Stardom is a fascinating documentary that explores the essential, yet, at times, thankless profession of the background singer. Through interviews with a group of featured backup vocalists and the legendary artists […]

The Imposter (2012)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy On June 13th, 1994 a 13-year-old boy named Nicholas Barclay goes missing from his rural neighborhood located just north of San Antonio, TX. For the next three years, the Barclay family searches in vain to find their missing child, when miraculously they are contacted by officials located in Spain who have information […]

Life Itself (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy The live streaming feed of Steve James’ documentary about Roger Ebert has ended almost 50 minutes ago, and I’m sitting here with a page of jumbled thoughts and reactions strewn up and down my Open Office document. It is a chaotic mixture of sentence fragments and rambling streams of thought patiently waiting […]

The Act of Killing (2013)

Review by: Jarrett Leahy Former Indonesian death squad leaders use various cinema genres to reenact the horrific mass killings they perpetrated on thousands of people during the mid-to-late 1960’s.  How about that for a synopsis?  Trying to come up with a grade for The Act of Killing was difficult. Some called it the most important […]