Documentaries are having a big moment. Real-life tales have gone from being many a viewer’s TV white noise to some of the most anticipated movies of the year. Here in New York, now through Nov. 15, you can watch 135 of them at DOC NYC, the biggest documentary film festival in America.
Here are four films to check out.
This sexy film chronicles 60 years of the National Enquirer, the supermarket tabloid known for outrageous celebrity stories on the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Elvis. Where “Scandalous” gets interesting is when the splashy publication starts to beat other mainstream outlets to the punch on stories such as the O.J. Simpson trial and John Edwards’ affair.
Nov. 10 at Cinépolis, 260 W. 23rd St.
Shot over two years, this dramatic doc takes us down to a subterranean hospital in Syria, near Damascus. Doctors were forced underground after warlords ravaged the land above, and Dr. Amani and her team now treat patients under impossible circumstances.
Nov. 8 and 12 at Cinépolis.
Now you have another chance to watch this extraordinary collection of restored moon-landing footage on the big screen, where it deserves to be seen. “Apollo 11” tells the story of the famous NASA mission using newly discovered film that looks so crisp it could’ve been shot yesterday.
Nov. 10 and 13 at Cinépolis
‘The Capote Tapes’
Much has been written about “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” writer Truman Capote, and he was played onscreen by Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2005. But “The Capote Tapes” promises never-before-heard audio tapes and interviews with his confidantes that uniquely chronicle the gay writer’s rise and fall.
Nov. 14 at the SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St.
Tickets available at DocNYC.net