Some of the best films to come along in the last few years have been documentaries. This spring’s crop, which features films from Martin Scorsese, Errol Morris and Morgan Spurlock, features music (the Stones), investigative journalism (Abu Ghraib) and humor (about Osama bin Laden). Documentaries often have more drama than a fiction film and more laughs than your average wacky comedy, so don’t let the word “documentary” scare you away.
“Shine a Light”
Starring: Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Bill Clinton, Ron Wood, Charlie WattsDirector: Martin ScorseseStory: This concert film captures the Rolling Stones during a two-night stand at New York’s intimate Beacon theater. It features guest appearances from Jack White, Christina Aguilera, Bill and Hillary Clinton (don’t worry, these two don’t sing) and Buddy Guy. Scorsese also intertwines some older interview footage from when the band was young. Ten cinematographers, including Robert Elswit (“Michael Clayton”), Emmanuel Lubezki (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”) and Declan Quinn (“Leaving Las Vegas”) shot the film.One to watch? Just for fans. According to the Hollywood Reporter’s Kirk Honeycutt, the film is really just standard concert fare. The film has “no insight from Martin Scorsese about what makes the Rolling Stones the Rolling Stones,” he wrote. Further the Guardian Unlimited Denis Seguin pointed out that the band does a bit of self-censorship on their lyrics. He mentioned that a line about “black girls” was missing from “Some Girls,” and went on to add, “Also gone AWOL was the bit about killing the Kennedys from ‘Sympathy for the Devil.’ Why might this be so?” Coming: April 4 Web site: http://www.shinealightmovie.com/