Best Documentary Movies of 2013

1.

Blackfish

5.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.

Starring: Dean Gomersall, Samantha Berg, John Jett, John Hargrove, Carol Ray, Jeffrey Ventre, Kim Ashdown, Ken Balcomb, Mark Simmons, Thomas Tobin ..
Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Release date: 2013-06-07
2.

Jodorowsky's Dune

5.7
8.1/10 IMDB

Shot in France, England, Switzerland and the United States, this documentary covers director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre) and his 1974 Quixotic attempt to adapt the seminal sci-fi novel Dune into a feature film. After spending 2 years and millions of dollars, the massive undertaking eventually fell apart, but the artists Jodorowsky assembled for the legendary project continued to work together. This group of artists, or his “warriors” as Jodorowsky named them, went on to define modern sci-fi cinema with such films as Alien, Blade Runner, Star Wars and Total Recall.

Starring: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Brontis Jodorowsky, Nicolas Winding Refn, Richard Stanley, Devin Faraci, Drew McWeeny, Gary Kurtz ..
Directed by: Frank Pavich
Release date: 2013-08-30
3.

Sound City

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

The history of Sound City and their huge recording device; exploring how digital change has allowed 'people that have no place' in music to become stars. It follows former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter David Grohl as he attempts to resurrect the studio back to former glories.

Starring: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Grohl, John Fogerty, Rivers Cuomo, Taylor Hawkins, Barry Manilow, Stevie Nicks, Krist Novoselic ..
Directed by: Dave Grohl
Release date: 2013-01-18
4.

The Pirate Bay: Away from Keyboard

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

TPB AFK is a documentary about three computer addicts who redefined the world of media distribution with their hobby homepage The Pirate Bay. How did Tiamo, a beer crazy hardware fanatic, Brokep a tree hugging eco activist and Anakata – a paranoid hacker libertarian – get the White House to threaten the Swedish government with trade sanctions? TPB AFK explores what Hollywood’s most hated pirates go through on a personal level.

Starring: Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde ..
Directed by: Simon Klose
Release date: 2013-02-08
5.

20 Feet from Stardom

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Starring: Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Tata Vega, Patti Austin, Mick Jagger, Stevvi Alexander, Bette Midler ..
Directed by: Morgan Neville
Release date: 2013-06-14
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6.

Africa

4.6
9.0/10 IMDB

Africa, co-produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and the Discovery Channel, focuses on wildlife and wild habitats in Africa, and has been four years in the making.

Release date: 2013-01-02
7.

One Direction: This Is Us

4.2
4.2/10 IMDB

Go behind the scenes during One Directions sell out "Take Me Home" tour and experience life on the road.

Starring: Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Simon Cowell, Martin Scorsese, Chris Rock, Jon Shone, Dan Richards ..
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Release date: 2013-08-30
8.

Tim's Vermeer

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artista David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarques on is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

Starring: Colin Blakemore, David Hockney, Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, Teller, Philip Steadman ..
Directed by: Teller
Release date: 2013-12-06
9.

Symphony of the Soil

3.9
8.4/10 IMDB

Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

Directed by: Deborah Koons
Release date: 2013-10-11
10.

24|7|365: The Evolution of Emergency Medicine

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

An accident occurs and we dial 911, an ambulance arrives and we are taken to a fully equipped Emergency Room staffed with specifically trained Emergency Room Doctors. Forty years ago, that was not the case. How did we get here? Our film explores the dramatic history of modern Emergency Medicine, told by its maverick founders, in their own words. The historic take on the specialty allows us to contrast where Emergency Medicine is today with where it began, not too long ago.

Starring: Anthony Edwards, Angela Fusaro, Mel Herbert, Chadd Kraus, John Moorhead, Brian Zink ..
Directed by: Dave Thomas
Release date: 2013-01-01

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