Picks and Pans Review: Political Documentaries: A Citizen's Guide
With only three weeks left before the presidential election, an unprecedented number of opinionated documentaries—from across the political spectrum—are coming to theaters and DVD. Here’s a look at the latest slate.
In the Face of Evil: Reagan’s War in Word and Deed: An homage to the Gipper links his anticommunism strategies with Bush’s antiterrorism efforts. In theaters this week.
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry: An in-depth look at Kerry’s Vietnam journey-from Yale to the Mekong Delta to antiwar activism—by his pal George Butler (who introduced GOPer Arnold Schwarzenegger with 1977’s Pumping Iron). In theaters this week; on DVD Oct. 19.
Fahrenheit 9/11: Michael Moore’s Bush-whacking hit has seven new scenes. The funniest one shows retiree volunteers patrolling Florida’s coast for terrorists. On DVD Oct. 5.
Celsius 41.11: Conservative Lionel Chetwynd’s retort to Fahrenheit. The title? That’s 106°F—at which the brain begins to die. In theaters soon.
Uncovered: The War on Iraq: Robert Greenwald (Outfoxed) claims Bush misled the U.S. On DVD Oct. 19, with bonus film Soldiers Pay by Three Kings director David O. Russell.
Bush’s Brain: A critical profile of Republican strategist Karl Rove. On DVD Oct. 12.