Three Concert Films That Capture the Soul of James Brown

James Brown steals the spotlight with his kinetic style in three documentaries playing at The Film Society of Lincoln Center this weekend in a program titled “James Brown: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.” While ‘The T.A.M.I. Show’ isn’t quite as successful as ‘When We Were Kings’ and ‘Soul Power,’ all are necessities for fans of the Godfather of Soul.

In Theaters
‘Through a Lens Darkly’ Review: An Uneven Art History Doc with Some Truly Striking Moments

‘Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People’ is directed by Thomas Allen Harris (‘Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela’) and presents more than century’s worth of photography by and about African Americans. Among those photographers represented are Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco and Clarissa Sligh.

‘The Realness’ Episode 15: ’12 O’Clock Boys’

In this week’s episode, Daniel and Christopher are joined by Kristy Puchko (Cinema Blend; PopCrush) to discuss Lotfy Nathan’s ’12 O’Clock Boys,’ which is one of the most critically acclaimed and honored docs of 2014 so far. Somehow the three of us are united in not thinking it’s such a great film, though it is definitely one with a lot to discuss.