'Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief:' Read what others are writing about the HBO documentary

March 29, 2015 6:01 AM

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"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," a new documentary debuting at 7 p.m. Sunday (March 29) on HBO, is an unsettling visit to the cosmic cult dreamt up by pulp science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. The expected celebrities are here, including John Travolta and Tom Cruise in archival footage, though none are more interesting than Hubbard (d. 1986) himself.

Testimonials against Scientology by the church's former members form the core of the film, directed by Alex Gibney, one of the era's foremost practitioners of nonfiction storytelling. Some of Gibney's best-known credits include 2012's "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," 2007's "Taxi to ...

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