With gas prices quietly continuing to ascend, Joe Berlinger's Crude couldn't come at a more relevant time.

With gas prices quietly continuing to ascend, Joe Berlinger's Crude couldn't come at a more relevant time. Known best for Paradise Lost and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, the documentary filmmaker explores the surprisingly complicated costs of oil addiction in his latest, expertly sidestepping the alarmist diatribes leveled by other oil-shortage proponents by examining the subject through the epic legal battle between 30,000 Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest dwellers and U.S. oil giant Chevron. The contrast between plaintiffs accusing the company of poisoning the Amazonian basin for decades and defendants accusing their critics of environmental extremism comes through in a variety of viewpoints, from media and human rights outfits to corporate spokespeople and celebrity activists.