If Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Alex Gibney’s new documentary only illuminated the outsized personality of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, it would be a fascinating study of one of the most compelling figures of the mid-twentieth century. But this film, based on Lawrence Wright’s book of the same title, is so much more, exposing the secretive society within our society Hubbard founded. Given to bizarre behavior, tantrums, and self-aggrandizement, Hubbard wrote the best-selling Dianetics, and with that invented an ideology. Hubbard found a way to avoid taxes by naming this phenomenon a church; and, he understood the one thing Americans truly worshiped was celebrity: John Travolta and Tom Cruise were cultivated to lure a populace to its ranks. When LRH died of a stroke in 1986, his reign fell to David Miscavige who expanded the empire; his speeches to the fold—footage shown through fair use-- are done on a spotlit stage with Nazi-esque imagery crossed with Who Wants to be a Millionaire extravaganza.