Alex Gibney’s ‘No Stone Unturned’ – Variety

For a dozen years, Alex Gibney has been one of our most important and exciting documentary filmmakers: a solo industry of explosive non-fiction. Gibney works with a devoted team, but the director is a multi-tasking engine; he never stops. The range of subjects he tackles is extraordinary — from Enron to WikiLeaks to Al Qaeda, from Elliot Spitzer to Hunter S. Thompson to Frank Sinatra — yet the range wouldn’t mean much if Gibney’s reach weren’t as deep as it is wide. My feeling is that Gibney, though he’s long been a wizard of documentary aesthetics, has only grown as a filmmaker. His 2014 film “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” was the grandest of his artist portraits, and “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which came out in 2015, was arguably his greatest achievement: the movie that peeled back every layer of the Scientology onion, and did so with the sinister bravura of a profound thriller.

All of which makes “No Stone Unturned,” which premiered today at the New York Film Festival, a true Gibney anomaly. The movie is his investigation into the Loughinisland massacre, one of the signpost tragedies of the conflict in Northern Ireland. It’s the first Gibney film that has almost no connection to events happening in America — but, ironically, it’s also one of the only Gibney films in which he declares, right up front, his personal relationship to the subject: He had spent time over in Ireland, working on a project that connected him to The Heights Bar, a small-town pub on an isolated road.

On the night of June 18, 1994, two gunmen, wearing boiler suits and balaclavas, burst into the pub and opened fire with assault rifles, killing six of the patrons, all of them Catholic. The massacre took place during the World Cup, when the bar was packed with people who had gathered to watch the Republic of Ireland face off against Italy. It was quickly established that the gunmen were members of the Ulster…

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