Bruce Springsteen doc “Western Stars” acquired by Warner Bros.

Bruce Springsteen doc “Western Stars” acquired by Warner Bros.

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Warner Bros. has acquired the global rights to “Western Stars,” the upcoming music documentary co-directed by Bruce Springsteen.

The film will open in theaters this fall after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

“Western Stars” is Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, and the film marks his directorial debut.

The film weaves in archival footage along with Springsteen’s narration, and shows him performing all 13 songs on the album, alongside a band and a full orchestra, in a nearly 100-year-old barn on the songwriter’s property.

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“Serengeti” reveals the inner lives of animals and outer beauty of Tanzania

“Serengeti” reveals the inner lives of animals and outer beauty of Tanzania

Source:  Film Threat

Discovery’s latest hit “Serengeti” follows the varied wildlife for one year in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

But first, here’s a quick geography lesson for context.  The Serengeti ecosystem is in northern Tanzania lays claim to the second-largest terrestrial mammal migration on the planet. Its approximately 18,500 miles houses swamps, grasslands, and woods, amongst other habitats.

While the animals are all given names, they don’t have a distinct voice.  Instead, “Serengeti” is narrated by Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as the spirit of the Serengeti.

It doesn’t matter if she’s talking about the lioness taking on some zebras or the hurt pride of a baboon, the narration is always “we,” “us,” and so forth.  This works very well, as it still humanizes the wildlife but never turns them into a cartoon.

Nyong’o breathes life into her voiceover so that the personal stakes of each story feels as grand as the setting.

“Serengeti” is available now on Discovery.

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The 10 Best True Crime Documentaries Streaming Right Now

The 10 Best True Crime Documentaries Streaming Right Now

Source:  Mental Floss

The Seven Five (2014) – Crooked New York City police officers get a filmed perp walk in this examination of the city’s infamous 75th precinct, which was a hive of corruption in the 1980s.  Ringleader Michael Dowd talks about how taking money from drug dealers to offset his salary woes led to an increasingly complex and dangerous web of deceit.

Available on Netflix.

The Central Park Five (2013) – Director Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” series on Netflix has brought renewed attention to the Central Park Five case, which saw five minors wrongly convicted of attacking a jogger in New York’s Central Park in 1989.  “The Central Park Five” co-directed by Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns, and her husband David McMahon examines the case, from the coerced confessions of the boys to their attempts to clear their names.

Available on Amazon Prime.

Killing for Love (2015) – When married couple Derek and Nancy Haysom are found dead in their Virginia home in 1985, suspicion falls on their daughter, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth’s boyfriend, Jens Söring.  Was Jens a co-conspirator or just a pawn in Elizabeth’s game?  Watch and find out.

Available on Hulu.

Without Charity (2013) – In 2000, police discover a trio of construction workers murdered at an expensive house in Indiana.  As police dig deeper, they uncover Charity Payne, a woman who might have helped a group of robbers break in and commit the murders.

Available on Amazon Prime.

Out of Thin Air (2017) – In 1974, two men in Iceland disappeared.  A police investigation led to six men, who were all eventually sent to prison after confessing to the murders.  Decades later, new evidence casts doubt on their version of events—and whether they killed anyone at all.

Available on Netflix.

See the rest of the list at Mental Floss.

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“Bring the Soul: The Movie” chronicles BTS’s Love Yourself world tour

“Bring the Soul: The Movie” chronicles BTS’s Love Yourself world tour

Source:  Hyperallergic

“Bring the Soul: The Movie,” about Korean boy band BTS’s Love Yourself world tour, is less a concert movie than a chronicle of the logistics of touring in one of the biggest pop bands in the world.

Filmed by Park Jun-Soo in Pennebaker-esque verité, the film follows the Hallyu septet as they rehearse, take red-eye flights across continents and oceans, and otherwise power through the exhaustion of their global tour.

The interspersed scenes of their performances act as punctuation to the arduous task of preparation, moments in which the haggard and jetlagged young men snap into focus and put on their carefully choreographed, overwhelming productions.

These concerts in turn only further tire the members of the band, who give so much that merely four shows into the 22-date North American and European leg of their tour, they all look on the verge of collapse.

“Bring the Soul: The Movie” is currently playing in theaters nationwide.

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