Source: Rolling Stone
1. Amazing Grace – It only took 46 years to see it, but this legendary concert film chronicling Aretha Franklin’s two-night stand at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles — the same 1972 shows that gave her the best-selling album of her career — was more than worth the wait. You will witness the Queen of Soul perform stellar gospel songs and work the audience, from everyday churchgoers to Mick Jagger, into a divine frenzy.
2. Bisbee ’17 – On July 12th, 1917, the residents of Bisbee, Arizona rounded up dozens of miners, loaded them onto a train, and left the men to die in the desert. It became known as “the Bisbee Deportation,” a euphemism for what was essentially a slaughter of pro-union agitators, Mexican workers, and European immigrants. No other movie in 2018 gave us such a haunting meditation on collective memory, social injustice, the connection between labor and communal livelihood, and that much-quoted maxim about us being done with the past but the past not being done with us.
3. Hale County This Morning, This Evening – Working as a coach for a youth basketball league in Hale County, Alabama, filmmaker RaMell Ross brought his camera along to document what he saw: births, burials, babies running around, teens looking to the future, people going to games and church on Sunday; a community going about their business. The result is a free-form exploration of life in the region’s Black Belt, in which snippets of small everyday moments and occasional callbacks to the past create a mosaic of Southern life that feels quietly revelatory.
4. Minding the Gap – Bing Liu was just another skateboarding kid in Rockford, Illinois, schlepping his camera along to parks and house parties to film his buddies. Soon, he started capturing more intimate moments of his friends’ lives off their boards, from troubles at home to the responsibilities of unexpected fatherhood. A stunning, penetrating look at growing up that effortlessly doubles as a snapshot of American life; you feel like it’s a privilege to ride shotgun on this boys-to-men ride, even as you worry about what comes next for each of them.
5. McQueen – Chubby child prodigy, up-and-coming Saville Row-style tailor, haute couture’s agent provocateur, four-time British Designer of the Year, conflicted celebrity casualty: Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s portrait of an artist as a kilt-wearing controversy magnet gives you a 360-degree view of Alexander McQueen. It also puts the U.K. fashion maverick’s life and work in context, highlighting his rise one jaw-dropping collection at a time while never losing sight of the human being behind the runway horror shows.
See the rest of the list at Rolling Stone.
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