Biography Documentaries: Biographical Movies, Famous People & Celebrities

the founder

The Founder Is About To Open Nationwide on January 20, 2017

January 18, 2017

The Founder is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Robert Siegel. The film stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc and portrays the story of his acquisition of the McDonald’s fast food chain. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch co-star as McDonald’s founders Richard and Maurice McDonald.   […]

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hidden figures

Hidden Figures Movie Review

January 9, 2017

Hidden Fences is a 2016 American biographical film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, the African American mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and the […]

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I Saw the Light

Reviewing I Saw the Light

March 5, 2016

I Saw the Light is a 2015 biographical drama film directed, written, and produced by Marc Abraham, starring Tom Hiddleston as country music legend Hank Williams and Elizabeth Olsen as his first wife, Audrey Williams. It is based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William (Bill) MacEwen. It […]

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Reviewing Miles Ahead

Reviewing Miles Ahead

March 4, 2016

Miles Ahead is a 2015 American biographical film directed by Don Cheadle, which Cheadle co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Stephen J. Rivele, and Christopher Wilkinson, based on the life of jazz musician Miles Davis. The film stars Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Ewan McGregor, and closed the New York Film Festival on October 11, 2015. Filming began […]

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Kate Winslet to star as famed muse and photographer Lee Miller

October 14, 2015

Kate Winslet will portray the glamorous and fascinating Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller in a yet-to-be titled film produced by Troy Lum and Andrew Mason of Hopscotch Features. Miller, who was a fashion model in New York City in the 1920s before going behind the camera, led an extraordinary life that included time spent as a muse and […]

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Film Review: ‘Miles Ahead’

October 10, 2015

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Don Cheadle flails about trying to channel the spirit of late jazz-trumpeting legend Miles Davis in “Miles Ahead,” a biopic that rejects typical genre conventions to the point of chasing itself down lame, tangential paths. A passion project for its star, who also directed, co-wrote and co-produced the feature, this […]

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Film Review: ‘Don’t Blink: Robert Frank’

October 7, 2015

Courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center The title of Laura Israel’s “Don’t Blink: Robert Frank,” a biographical portrait of the famed American photographer and director, refers to its subject’s persistent dedication to capturing life in all its unkempt, impromptu glory. It also, however, seems to allude to the sheer pace of Israel’s documentary, which […]

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Steve Jobs: EW review

October 5, 2015

It’s been four years since Steve Jobs passed away, and since then, no shortage of biographers and filmmakers (not to mention his friends and enemies) have tried to get beneath the messianic myth and divine what made the Apple CEO tick. But whose version of Jobs are we supposed to believe? Was he a Zen […]

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Michael Fassbender ‘studied Ashton Kutcher’ (not really) for Steve Jobs

October 3, 2015

Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs doesn’t fit into the typical biopic mold for a number of reasons, starting with the casting of Michael Fassbender as Jobs. The 38-year-old actor, who plays Jobs from his late 20s to his mid-40s, looks very little like the Apple co-founder until the movie’s third act. That’s when […]

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Film Review: ‘Everything Is Copy’

September 29, 2015

Courtesy of New York Film Festival Both as warm and as no-holds-barred blunt as its subject, “Everything Is Copy” proves a stirring portrait of Nora Ephron by her son, writer-director Jacob Bernstein. Ephron passed away in 2012 at the age of 71 from leukemia, a fatal disease whose manifestation she kept secret from all but […]

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Steve Jobs’

September 6, 2015

Courtesy of Universal For those who subscribe to the generally held view that the late co-founder of Apple was both an iconic visionary and a monster with a silicon chip where his heart should be, rest assured that writer Aaron Sorkin, director Danny Boyle and star Michael Fassbender have given their subject the brilliant, maddening, ingeniously designed and […]

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Film Review: ‘Holding the Man’

August 26, 2015

Courtesy of Goalpost Film Australia’s most famous gay memoir becomes a regrettably dissatisfying drama in Neil Armfield’s flat “Holding the Man.” Tim Conigrave’s bestselling 1995 autobiography was turned into a well-received play in 2006 by Tommy Murphy, but the self-same Murphy’s screen adaptation relies on predisposed audiences whose emotional investment will paper over the shallow characterizations. […]

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