14 Best-Reviewed Titles to Watch on Topic Part 2


Hopefully by now you’ve checked out the best-reviewed titles from part one. If you can’t get enough critically acclaimed stories, here are seven more titles that have the critics buzzing. Welcome to part two of our round-up.

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Leave No Trace

This film tenderly portrays a father and daughter who have made their home in the wilderness of Oregon. But when they’re caught by law enforcement, they’re forced to integrate into the very society they’ve freed themselves from. Will they adapt together or grow apart?

“It covers difficult ground, but to say it leaves no trace would be a lie. It definitely makes its mark.” —Adam Graham, Detroit News

The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

Using correspondences between composer Johann Sebastian Bach and his wife, this biopic constructs their emotionally distant marriage filled with sweeping music.

“[The film] disregards most conventions of costume drama to ask some very human questions about history, what it takes to be an artist, and what movies can tell us about ourselves.” — Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, A.V. Club

Mr. Fish: Cartooning From the Deep End

This revealing documentary introduces to the world the unapologetically funny and uncensored Mr. Fish, a cartoonist trying to stay afloat in an increasingly commercial industry where satire is quickly losing its value.

“Booth's conflicted forays into ‘straight jobs…’ deftly illustrate the classic struggle between art and commerce — and one man's uncompromising campaign to tell his truth.” — Gary Goldstein, The Los Angeles Times

Stations of the Elevated

This commentary-free documentary uses 16mm film footage and a jazz and soul soundtrack to take us on a tour of 1970s New York through images of its vibrant street art and urban landscape.

“Lumbering, skronking, and wondrously paint-bombed, ‘Stations of the Elevated’ (1981) is a 45-minute proto-hip-hop bliss-out, a masterpiece of train- and tag-spottin’.” — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

A Bread Factory Part 1: For the Sake of Gold

Couple Dorothea and Greta turn an abandoned bread factory in the small town of Checkford into a lively community arts space, but its survival is threatened when a celebrity couple move in and open a much larger, more commercial space down the street. The two spaces battle over funding, culminating in an absolute sh*tshow of a school board meeting.

“A warm and prickly humanist triumph that features no movie stars, disperses its attention across a large ensemble and feels meticulously handcrafted in every respect.” — Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times

A Bread Factory Part 2: Walk With Me a While

In this sequel, Checkford continues to experience exponential change with unusual new tourists, mysterious tech start-up workers, and booming real estate. Dorothea and Greta continue to produce events at their arts space, but are forced to decide whether to continue despite diminishing support or to fight for the community they’ve built.

“Through bursts of comedy, poignancy, conflict, song, dance, and theatrical whimsy, what emerges is akin to a homespun symphony of soulfulness.” — Robert Abele, TheWrap

Against the Law

Based on real events, this drama follows journalist Peter Wildeblood, who was found guilty of “homosexual offenses” in 1954 and sparked the watershed court case that led to the legalization of homosexuality in the UK. Interwoven into the story are testimonials from elderly gay men who recount living in fear in the ‘50s.

“This somber BBC production... intercuts eyewitness accounts from grizzled survivors of homophobia in postwar England with a dramatic treatment of the life of journalist and activist Peter Wildeblood.” — Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader