Sometimes truth is stranger—and more entertaining—than fiction.
Gist: After a photog befriends an artsy kid and her older sister online, an offline visit raises more questions than it answers.
Filmmakers: Emmy award-winning newbies Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost for their company Supermarché.
Highlight: A surprise ending that twists and turns until it's both heartwarming and nerve-rattling.
Waiting For "Superman"
Gist: This startling (but hopeful) doc exposes the failures of the American educational system.
Filmmakers: Davis Guggenheim of It Might Get Loud, An Inconvenient Truth, and Obama's 30-minute campaign ad.
Highlight: Student subjects like fifth-grader Anthony Black, who lends a human face to a mountain of statistics.
Gist: Adapted from the 2005 best-selling book, the film topples a pillar of conventional wisdom in each of its five segments.
Filmmakers: Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me).
Highlight: "A Roshanda by Any Other Name," Spurlock's study of how unusual monikers affect people's chances of success.