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Top 7 Documentaries to watch this week on Netflix, Prime, Apple TV+, and Disney+ (December 2020)

Besides being obsessed with creating double-tappingly good content, our team is obsessed with films, tv shows, and documentaries. To the point that we noticed on average, our team watches at least two films, one series, and one documentary every day (or night).

Where do we watch them? Mostly on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and Disney+.

So we are making it a tradition to suggest Seven handpicked documentaries to our readers every Thursday.

However, keep in mind that these docs are not chosen based on Popularity. We suggest these films because we believe they are good content and they worth the time viewers spend watching them.

So look no further, because we got your week covered:

*We score these documentaries based on the information they provide. Some times a documentary is not engaging, or not artistically well-made, however the information provided is valuable. that is why our rating in some cases is different that IMDB, or Rotten Tomato, or Metactitic.*

#1 The Social Dilemma (Netflix)

Mister Rhino: 10/10 ⭐

IMDB: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomato: 87%

Metacritic: 78%

Director: Jeff Orlowski

Genre(s): Documentary

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 89 min

Summary: Technology wizards have masterminded a new form of capitalism, and humanity is now the raw resource feeding the machine. Powerful, hidden artificial intelligence tasked with hijacking our attention is tearing apart social norms, jeopardizing truth and democracy, and putting civilization on a programmed path toward self-destruction. Set in the dark underbelly of Silicon Valley, The Social Dilemma fuses investigative documentary with enlightening narrative drama—think An Inconvenient Truth meets The Matrix. Expert testimony from tech whistle-blowers exposes our disturbing predicament: the services Big Tech provides—search engines, networks, instant information, et cetera—are merely the candy that lures us to bite. Once we’re hooked and coming back for more, the real commodity they sell is their prowess to influence and manipulate us. (Summary from metacritic.com)

#2 The Great Hack (Netflix)

Mister Rhino: 7.5/10

IMDB: 7/10

Rotten Tomato: 87%

Metacritic: 67%

Director: Jehane Noujaim,

Karim Amer

Genre(s): Documentary

Rating: TV-MA

Runtime: 113 min

Summary: Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. (Summary from metacritic.com)

#3 Citizenfour (Prime Video)

Mister Rhino: 9/10

IMDB: 8/10

Rotten Tomato: 96%

Metacritic: 88%

Director: Laura Poitras

Genre(s): Documentary

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 114 min

Summary: In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. (Summary from metacritic.com)

#4 Generation Wealth (Prime Video)

Mister Rhino: 8.5/10

IMDB: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomato: 45%

Metacritic: 53%

Director: Lauren Greenfield

Genre(s): Documentary

Rating: R

Runtime: 106 min

Summary: For the past 25 years acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles, Thin, kids+money, likeagirl) has travelled the world, documenting with ethnographic precision and an artist’s sensitivity a vast range of cultural movements and moments. Yet, after so much seeking and searching, she realized that much of her work pointed at one uniting phenomenon: wealth culture. With her new film, Generation Wealth, she puts the pieces of her life’s work together for in an incendiary investigation into the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen. Spanning consumerism, beauty, gender, body commodification, aging and more, Greenfield has created a comprehensive cautionary tale about a culture heading straight for the cliff’s edge. Generation Wealth, simultaneously a deeply personal journey, rigorous historical essay, and raucously entertaining expose, bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism and greed. (Summary from metacritic.com)

#5 Icarus (Netflix)

Mister Rhino: 6.5/10

IMDB: 7.9/10

Rotten Tomato: 94%

Metacritic: 68%

Director: Bryan Fogel

Genre(s): Documentary

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 121 min

Summary: When Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller involving dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic Gold-exposing the biggest scandal in sports history.(Summary from metacritic.com)

#6 Inside Bill's Brain (Netflix)

Mister Rhino: 8.5/10

IMDB: 7.9/10

Rotten Tomato: 50%

Metacritic: N/A

Director: Davis Guggenheim

Genre(s): Documentary

Rating: TV-14

Runtime: 109 min

Summary: From Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala) comes Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, a new three-part documentary that explores the mind and motivations of celebrated tech visionary, business leader, and philanthropist Bill Gates. After stepping down as CEO of Microsoft, Gates began what is undeniably one of the greatest professional second acts in modern history when he shifted his time and considerable intellect toward solving some of the world's most persistent problems. The series, in-depth and unfiltered in its depiction of a man's life journey, both his triumphs and setbacks, offers unprecedented access to Gates as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world's most complex problems with the same level of optimism, curiosity, and fervor that inspired his original vision for Microsoft. Interweaving these endeavors with personal moments, Inside Bill's Brain draws on interviews with Bill and Melinda Gates in addition to their friends, family, and partners in philanthropy and business, creating an innovative and revealing portrait of a man who, after changing the world, might just change the way others see it.(Summary from rottentomatoes.com)

#7: Athlete A (Netflix)

Mister Rhino: 10/10 ⭐

IMDB: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomato: 100%

Metacritic: 85%

Director: Bonni Cohen, Jon


Genre(s): Documentary

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 103 min

Summary: In Athlete A, filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk delve into the unchecked abuse inside the world of elite competitive gymnastics. Equal parts devastating and inspiring, the film follows the IndyStar reporters as they reveal the extensive cover-up and culture of cruelty that was allowed to thrive within elite gymnastics, the attorney fighting the institutions, and most importantly, the brave whistle-blowers who refuse to be silenced.(Summary from metacritics.com)

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