Features
‘Mudbloods': The Quidditch Documentary That Fails To Fly

Kristy Puchko was in attendance at the quidditch match depicted in ‘Mudbloods,’ a documentary about the ‘Harry Potter’-inspired sport, while her brother Doug was a participant on the field. They both now chime in on whether the film does justice to the specific event and the subject matter as a whole.

Awards
8 Short Documentaries Named to 2014 Oscar Shortlist Include the Stunning ‘White Earth’

This year’s Oscar shortlist for the documentary shorts category includes the stunning ‘White Earth,’ plus ‘The Lion’s Mouth Opens,’ a new film by former nominee Lucy Walker (‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’). They come from as far as China, Poland and Mexico and deal with such subject matter as cancer, rare and incurable disease, veterans’ trauma, the loss of children to a disaster, the North Dakota oil boom, a famous artist and animal slaughter.

Reviews
‘Private Violence’ Review: An Effectively Moving Film About Domestic Abuse

Executive produced by feminism icon Gloria Steinem and the Waitt Institute for Violence Protection’s Cindy Waitt (‘Bully’), this documentary looks at the issue of domestic abuse. Director Cynthia Hill primarily follows battered women advocate Kit Gruelle and one her clients, Deanna Walters, during the trial of Deanna’s ex-husband. Our critic states that if you’re not moved, you’re probably dead inside.

Podcast
‘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.