‘The Serengeti Rules’ Review: Making Science Spellbinding

In his remarkable new documentary, the veteran filmmaker Nicolas Brown interviews prominent ecologists who study biodiversity — specifically, how one species can affect an entire ecosystem. Even if the film, “The Serengeti Rules,” were merely presenting credible research clearly, it would still be providing invaluable insight into the natural world at a time when millions […]

‘The Competition’ Review: Vying for a Slot in an Elite Film School

La Fémis is an unusual film school: The establishment, in Paris, has no professors and no classes as such. Instead, students work with a variety of French film professionals in specific disciplines to learn by doing. Thousands of students apply every year. Claire Simon’s documentary “The Competition” shows the process by which 40 students, the […]