I usually try to take careful notes while watching documentaries, even more so than when watching fiction films. There’s always an urge to simply regurgitate them for my reviews, swelling my word count with grabbed statistics and sound bites. Why not? Documentaries are informative in nature. What better way to entice audiences to a genre of filmmaking usually ignored by the general public than reciting laundry lists of shocking facts about shocking subjects? Mike Nicoll’s At All Costs has found me at a loss. About 20 minutes in I gave up trying to transcribe anything I felt useful. The subject was too outrageous, too meticulously researched. I had to sit back and let the film sink in. At All Costs may be a bit unpolished but it’s a confident debut by a promising up-and-coming documentarian. Read more…

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