The Gateway Film Center's biannual Documentary Week returns this week with a film festival's worth of docs - 31 to be exact. For casual documentary fans, there's something for everyone. For hardcore documentary fans, the choices can be overwhelming.

The Gateway Film Center's biannual Documentary Week returns this week with a film festival's worth of docs - 31 to be exact. For casual documentary fans, there's something for everyone. For hardcore documentary fans, the choices can be overwhelming.

That loaded lineup always means limited screenings, so check the listings on the Gateway's website (gatewayfilmcenter.com) to plot your course. Here are some highlights to get you started:

Kicking off the festival is the highly anticipated new documentary from Alex Gibney, "Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine." Fresh off his controversial and heralded HBO Scientology documentary "Going Clear," Gibney turns his attention to the late Apple co-founder in a pull-no-punches indictment of Jobs and the cult of Apple.

While many of the week's documentaries are making their local debuts, a couple of previously released music docs are worth a big-screen viewing. HBO's Kurt Cobain bio "Montage of Heck" created a stirring portrait of the late Nirvana frontman, but for me it was eclipsed by "Amy," a heartbreaking and intimate look at the life of singer Amy Winehouse from director Asif Kapadia ("Senna"). It's near the top of my list of the best films of the year, documentary or otherwise, and if you haven't seen it, don't miss this chance.

For a local flavor, check out "Big Max," a feature-length doc from filmmaker Justin Russell who documents a month in the life of another local filmmaker, Max Groah, as Max attempts to go vegan for a month. The film debuts at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, complete with a Q&A.

Animal lovers should take note of "Bonobos: Back to the Wild," a look at the work of naturalist Claude Andre in attempting to save the bonobo apes of the Congo. This film is presented by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and zoo members can get discounted tickets to this and all other documentaries this week.

On the arts fronts, "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" looks at the story of the multifaceted superstar who entranced audiences with her bold style throughout the 20th century. "Station to Station" follows a unique project that brought together a collection of artists and performers for a series of "happenings" tied together by a 4,000-mile train journey. And "Hurricane of Fun: Making of Wet Hot American Summer" takes a look at the hilarious (and wet) making of the cult classic comedy that just got a Netflix sequel series release.

Documentaries with a social conscience are well represented. One highlight of a slate of films addressing LGBTQ issues is "Out to Win," a look at the lives and stories of gay and lesbian athletes around the world. "The Armor of Light" looks at a seemingly unlikely opponent of pro-gun sentiment, while "Unslut" examines the roots of sexual shaming in North America.

To reiterate, showtimes for many of these are limited and vary, so do yourself a favor and plot out your must-see movies now.