Review of the Free Meek Docuseries

Rating ***** You do not have to be a fan of Rap music to enjoy this compelling expose of our broken criminal justice system. For all the ” he got what he deserves” critics out there, you have no clue what you’re talking about. I was aware of some of the facts surrounding this story. […]

Review of I Love You, Now Die

Review Of I Love You, Now Die written and directed by Erin Lee CarrRating ***** This two-part HBO documentary looks at the manslaughter case against Michelle Carter, the seventeen-year-old accused of encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide through text messages. The first part concerns the prosecution’s case against Michelle. Prosecutors painted Michelle as a lonely […]

Heartbreak and outrage: A review of the Netflix Docuseries The Confesstion Tapes Season Two and Exhibt A

There’s something about wrongful conviction stories that always draw me in. I can’t stop thinking about these people, most of whom are still behind bars. Fiction can’t do that. No matter how good the story or the writing, you know that it was all made up. For the wrongfully convicted, their stories drag on, and […]

What happened to Madeleine McCann?

Review of The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann Directed by Chris Smith, Executive Producer Emma CooperRating ***** As a fan of documentary series, I was quick to put the Madeleine McCann docuseries into my watch list. But then I sat on it for a while. After all, I already know that Madeleine is still missing. There […]

Two nonfiction film quicktakes

I have two really good nonfiction films to recommend. First up is Apollo 11.Apollo 11 directed by Todd Douglas Miller. Rating ***** Back in 1994 while working on the interactive CD-ROM Apollo XIII: A Week to Remember, I had the chance to fly to Houston where I interviewed four Apollo 13 flight controllers. I conducted […]

Review of The Devil We Know

Directed by Stephanie Soechtig and Jeremy SeifertRating ***** Last December I reviewed the excellent book Toms River about the damage caused by the decades-long dumping of chemical pollutants into the waters and land surrounding a rural New Jersey community. As disturbing as that story was, the dumping occurred years ago and only affected people living […]

Two must see Netflix documentaries

Abducted in Plain Sight directed by Skye BorgmanRating ***** Let me warn you up front. This documentary is going to make you outraged. You will be outraged by the actions of the parents. You will be outraged by the way the perpetrator managed to continue his twisted actions with impunity. Abducted in plain sight tells […]

Review of the Netflix Docuseries The Innocent Man

Directed by Clay TweelRating ***** In reading about wrongful convictions, I’ve come across a number of outrageous stories about our inept criminal justice system. There is the story of the young black teen who police just happened to spot walking along the road and decided to bring him in for questioning because he was black […]

Best of Everything Nonfiction for 2018

Below are the top nonfiction books, films, and documentaries from EverythingNonfiction.com. These are the top books and films reviewed by everythingnonfiction.com this past year. This list does not necessarily represent the top books and films released or published in 2018. Books Alone: Orphaned on the OceanWithout Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under the InfluenceA False Report: […]

Review of Making a Murderer Part Two

Review of Making a Murderer Part Two by Laura Ricciardi and Moira DemosRating ***** At the end of the first Making a Murderer docuseries I was confident that Brendan Dassey was innocent. I had some reservations about Steven Avery, but there was enough reasonable doubt that had I been on the jury I would have […]

Review of The Sentence

Review of The Sentence written and directed by Rudy ValdezRating **** This site is full of stories about our broken criminal justice system. This excellent HBO documentary gives an up close and personal look at mandatory sentencing through the eyes of one family. Cindy Shank is a mother of three when the police arrest her […]

Review of the Trayvon Martin docuseries

Review of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story Rating *** When I first heard about this documentary, I thought that maybe it would be about how the Trayvon Martin story had been manipulated by lawyers, the media, and opinionated talk show hosts into something it wasn’t. I surely didn’t expect the filmmakers to run […]

Two documentary quick takes

I have two excellent documentaries worth your time. First up is Three Identical Strangers directed by Tim Wardle. Rating ***** I got to see this one in the theatre, which I might add was jam packed. This is the story of three identical twins who were separated at birth. Neither the twins nor their adoptive […]

Evil Genius Quick Take

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist by Trey Borzillieri and director Barbara Schroeder Rating ***** Evil Genius is another well done true crime docuseries. The film revolves around the collar-bomb murder of Pizza deliveryman Brian Wells in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2003. Who was behind the crime, which also involved a bank […]

Wild Wild Country Quick Take

Wild Wild Country directed by Chapman and Maclain Way Rating ***** Here is another documentary series to add to your watch list. This story takes place in the early-to-mid 1980s. I remember hearing about it in the media. My take at the time was that this was another one of those crazy cults with a […]