Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, acclaimed director Alex Gibney’s latest investigative doc, will head to HBO on March 29th. It is a deep dive into the Church of Scientology, which has already started messing with Gibney in advance of the film’s theatrical run. I can’t imagine how this will go over when industry votes start counting because I’m guessing there are a lot of Scientologists voting on the awards themselves. Going Clear has earned great reviews so far (for the most part, Manohla Dargis did not seem to get it, however) with only 10 reviews at Metacritic so far it looks good.
In the meantime, it’s a great opportunity for you to catch up on three previous Gibney docs that are currently streaming on Netflix. I highly recommend them as they are must-see viewing for any American (specifically – not sure you would care if you didn’t live here).
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room – has to be one of the greatest documentaries ever made.
Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer
What a body of work Gibney is building so far in the past decade.