BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN – Review by Martha K Baker

In this documentary, filmmaker Ivy Meeropol never loses track of the connection between Roy Cohn and his mentee, Donald J. Trump, strengthening the link in the chain between the two as she films another chapter in Trump’s origin story. Bully. Coward. Villain. has the advantage of compassion, but it is still righteously damning.

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13TH – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Ava DuVernay’s incisive and shocking documentary 13th hit like a body blow when she first unveiled it in the autumn 2016 film festivals. Donald Trump had not yet been “elected” President of the United States, but already, the shock of him ascending to the status of Republican nominee was unsettling. Fast forward to *checks watch* now, and this is a brutal and necessary watch.

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WHERE’S MY ROY COHN? – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re trying to understand today’s amoral political landscape, Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary about dirty trickster Roy Cohn explains a great deal. In 1973, when brash young real estate mogul Donald Trump met Roy Cohn, one of New York’s most ruthless and powerful power broker, Trump was completing the Grand Hyatt Hotel near Grand Central Terminal.

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WHERE’S MY ROY COHEN – Review by Martha K Baker

Where’s My Roy Cohn? presents Trump’s origin story. Most people have heard of Roy Cohn. Most people know to link his name with Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s. Most people even know to modify Cohn’s name with “evil” and “mendacious” as well as “arrogant” and “Satanic.” But few know now why those adjectives apply to Donald Trump’s role model.

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GIULIANI TIME – Retroview by Jennifer Merin

Actually, unless your head has been buried in sand for the past decades, you probably won’t find the information revealed in Kevin Keating’s 2005 documentary particularly surprising, but the film certainly provides a credible summation of news reports and pointed analysis of the legacy of New York City’s former mayor. And, it is particularly relevant at this moment in our American history.

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THE BRINK – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

The Brink — a documentary portrait of Donald Trump’s propagandist and chief strategist Steve Bannon — is an essential chronicle of one piece of the mess that got us here, a cautionary tale of one kind of vile bastard to keep an eye out for next time… and perhaps a last-gasp attempt by its subject to demonstrate his relevance and importance.

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FAHRENHEIT 11/9 – Review by Susan Granger

Documentarian Michael Moore has been called a muckraker, prankster and populist prophet for his political propaganda films (“Roger & Me,” “Bowling for Columbine,” “Where to Invade Next”), designed to elicit an emotional response. “Fahrenheit 11/9” references the date on which Donald Trump became 45th President of the United States.

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