"Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" (2004)

A riveting look at a turbulent time in the monstrously popular metal band's history. You don't have to be a Metallica fan to enjoy this movie (though there are plenty of recording sessions to watch if you are). Through the group's brutally honest therapy sessions, filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky tell a story of loyalty, communication, redemption and the challenges that come with continuing a career in your 40s. The members of Metallica fight, record their album "St. Anger," fight some more, and eventually find some kind of peace. The film is so nonjudgmental -- and often so insightful -- it never falls into "Spinal Tap"-style parody.
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