The intoxicating A River Below contains elements of immersive nature documentaries and shocking wildlife exposes, but director Mark Grieco’s profile of two driven conservationists tells a more slippery tale.
The makers of Trafficked walk a fine line, embedding their advocacy in an action film and conveying the horror of sexual slavery without edging into exploitation. Director Will Wallace achieves this balance by emphasizing the inner lives of enslaved women even as the men who peddle them see them as meat.
The Amazon series Good Girls Revolt, centered on a landmark 1970 gender discrimination case at Newsweek, is the kind of period drama that’s more interested in commenting on the present than re-creating the past. The storyline about professional journalists plays fast and loose with the facts.
The title of the earnest biopic The People vs. Fritz Bauer implies a trial, but the only judgment against its postwar crusader comes from the court of public opinion. Frankfurt’s public prosecutor is depicted as a beleaguered old man conducting an unpopular mission to try former Nazi officials in the 1960s.