No No: A Dockumentary (NR)
Documentary 100 min. September 5, 2014
But No No also explores Ellis' drug abuse, both recreational and the performance-enhancing "greenies" endemic to Major League Baseball, and how it contributed to the episodes of domestic violence that ended two of his marriages. Ellis died in 2008, but Radice's use of archival footage (he mines a conversation with a retired Ellis, sober and leading a rehab program) and his interviews with teammates, friends, and family deftly render Ellis' journey from a gifted firebrand who grappled with fame and excess to a man penitent for how he carried himself in glory. There's enough diamond lore here to please baseball diehards, but Ellis' outsize life will grip even casual fans.