Review: The River and the Wall

A bittersweet and transformative look at a landscape that could forever be altered or lost thanks to a xenophobic campaign promise run amok, the documentary The River and the Wall looks at both the ecosystems that could be destroyed thanks to the building of Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S./Mexico border and the futility of constructing such an edifice in the first place.

Review: the music history documentary ‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story’

Bang! The Bert Berns Story, the March selection for Hot Docs’ monthly Doc Soup subscription series of screenings, bears all the hallmarks of a film made by people too close to their subject to make an objective documentary. It’s an earnest, eager to please film about the short, but highly influential carer of record producer and publisher Bert Berns; one that places the focus squarely on the hit parade he produced across his truncated career, but any time the hitmaker’s darker tendencies get brought up, they’re just as quickly shifted to the side.