Hal Ashby’s career reflects the rise and fall of the New Hollywood era; he thrived in the 1970s, directing seven uncompromising movies in that decade, but floundered in the 80s when profit-obsessed studio heads refused to grant him creative control over his work. This documentary celebrates Ashby’s good years, with laudatory analyses of each of his major films, and takes a clear-eyed view of his downfall, delving into the economic conditions that stymied his creative output. Director Amy Scott doesn’t devote much time to Ashby’s personal life, but what she reveals isn’t particularly flattering; apparently he couldn’t maintain a steady relationship (he was married five times), abandoned his daughter when she was still an infant, and was prone to explosive rages. Scott barely considers the discrepancy between these revelations and Ashby’s humanist cinematic vision, choosing to focus on the films. The result is an unsatisfying human study, albeit a successful overview of Ashby’s work.