Documentary

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Not Crying

Trailer for Batkid Begins cuts so many damn onions


Also looks like an interesting doc
May 21
All the feels. Batkid Begins opens in select theaters on June 26. You'll probably start crying before the end of the trailer though. read
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A fans-only look at H. R. Giger that may disappoint Giger fans
H. R. Giger passed away a year ago this week. His biomechanical art is instantly recognizable--Egyptian and yet otherworldly, simultaneously erotic and repulsive; a combination of flesh, alloy, suppurations, and vertebral for... read feature

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Look of Silence Trailer

The trailer for The Look of Silence offers a glimpse at one of the best films of 2015


A follow-up to The Act of Killing
May 08
Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary The Act of Killing was one of the best films of 2013. The film examined the Indonesian genocide from the point of view of the killers, and in the process provided a chilling look at the way hi... read
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Always look on the bright side
Even though Monty Python ended their run in the 1980s, they're still curtural icons. Even for people like me, born after their disbanding, films like Monty Python and the Holy Grain (though less their Flying Circus roots... read feature

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Love letters, memorials, videogames
There are moments of Thank You for Playing that are so painful because the documentary feels so personal. It's about Joel Green, a boy with terminal brain cancer, and how his parents try to cherish the little joys in life whi... read feature

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The brotherhood of brewers
At a certain point in Erik Shirai’s documentary The Birth of Sake, it becomes apparent that the film isn't just about the art of making of sake. This is common in movies that are about making something—food, art, ... read feature

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First trailer for My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn


A documentary about Refn, by Refn's wife
Feb 16
It seems documentaries about eccentric filmmakers is the next big thing, as My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn follows suit with last years, Jodorowsky's Dune, when it premiers to VOD platforms and select theatres on F... read
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15 documentaries advance for Academy Awards


You probably haven't seen any
Dec 02
Documentary film is awesome, but most people don't rush out to watch it or even have the ability to do that if they wanted. You usually get sucked into a documentary by accident and then you remember how great they can be. So... read
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Look of Silence

First trailer for Act of Killing follow up The Look of Silence


Oct 22
Joshua Oppenheimer's Indonesian genocide documentary The Act of Killing was one of the best films of 2013. It was unique in that it forced those who bragged about their killings to reenact them and see it from a different pe... read
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Superman bein' Superman

Trailer for The Death of Superman Lives documentary is kookoo bananas


Aug 20
Remember how bad everyone thought Man of Steel was? Could you imagine that film being about six times worse? The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is a Kickstarter funded documentary that explores a film that near... read
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Examining US troops that murdered innocent Afghan civilians for sport
The war in Afghanistan is the longest military conflict in which the United States has been involved. The operation is nowhere near as successful as hoped, which is part of the reality of fighting a war in Afghanistan, a less... read feature

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More philosophy than science
I like physics. I probably have as good a grasp of the field as any film critic, and I frequently read articles about things like the Large Hadron Collider and the revelation of the mass of the Higgs Boson and how that revela... read feature

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Trailer for Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Cowabunga!
Jun 12
As a young lady whose favorite childhood toys were a garbage bag full of Ninja Turtles action figures and who arrived at the theater for 2007's TMNT dressed up as Michelangelo, I will pretty much sit through anything th... read
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New trailer for whimsical soccer movie This is Not a Ball


May 30
Leading up to the 2014 World Cup, (which is taking forever, am I right?) artist Vik Muniz has created the quirky, tongue-in-cheek documentary This is Not a Ball. This is Not a Ball follows Muniz all over the world as he expl... read
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Woman replaces the dead with dolls in "The Valley of Dolls" documentary


first Furbies, now this
May 01
Filmmaker Fritz Schumann visits the mostly abandoned village of Nagoro in his creepily sweet short documentary The Valley of Dolls. Schumann profiles 64-year-old Nagoro resident Ayano Tsukimi, a woman who constructs lar... read
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An emotional, political, and physical transition
Mala Mala is the type of documentary that you feel privileged having watched. The Puerto Rican drag scene and transgender communities are endlessly fascinating, and watching them thrive through Mala Mala's respectfu... read feature

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The politics of punching
One of the most significant differences between a documentary and a film based on a true story is that documentaries can be about things that failed. Documentaries about big events are often started during the setup, and it&r... read feature

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An ambitious title for a blasé rock doc
As a child, my parents lived and breathed Alice Cooper. My father had a particularly terrifying poster of his made-up, screaming face thumbtacked into the cork-board wall of his office that scared me too much to ever listen t... read feature

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Short trailer for Ukrainian protest documentary Maidan teases tension


Apr 17
Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa's newest documentary Maidan will follow in the footsteps of other uprising and protest documentaries and chronicle the events that happened in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine leading up to ... read
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Trailer for Fed Up takes a look at America's food industries


Apr 10
It's no secret that America has some pretty big food problems. Genetically modified crops, fast food, and of course, tons of sugar. In documentary Fed Up, producer Katie Couric takes a hard look at the big businesses behind ... read
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Trailer: Heaven Adores You - an Elliot Smith documentary


Apr 04
You've probably heard of Elliot Smith before. Maybe you've heard his music, maybe you've heard about how he died, maybe you've heard about the Elliot Smith memorial mural in Los Angles. Heaven Adores You is a documentary abo... read
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"Bien es mal. Excelente es bien."
Growing up as a young Latino boy in San Antonio, Texas, I've had quite a few experiences with Mariachi groups. There was a Mariachi club in my high school, and on several occasions, my great uncle would hire groups to sing at... read feature

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Dead doc walking
Zombies are some of the most divisive creatures in the horror genre. They've become such a big entity, the zombie film has grown into a genre all its own complete with multiple variations, multiple looks, and multiple medias.... read feature

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New, epic trailer for nature documentary Watermark


Feb 25
Watermark is a new feature length documentary about humans' relationships with water, and presumably with our planet on a global scale. Watermark is a collaboration between filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, a... read
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Fuck tha police
I've never felt so totally lost watching a film spoken in my own language as I was watching 12 O'Clock Boys. It's bizarre, really, just how difficult to understand many of these characters are. The only close approximation I ... read feature

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The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing returning to theaters in February


You have no more excuses.
Jan 21
The Act of Killing is a stupendous documentary. It's chilling, gripping, and even slightly humorous. I even liked it enough to put it on my Top 15 of 2013 list, and it's got an Oscar nomination now! It's all with good reason.... read
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I Still Belieb trailer

First trailer for Justin Bieber documentary, Believe


Do you Belieb in life after love?
Nov 18
In a spiritual sequel to Justin Bieber's Never Say Never documentary, Believe, oh wait Justin Bieber's Believe sorry, this documentary catalogs the sad and terrible life of the fallen teen idol. Wait, little girls still like... read
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Slavoj Žižek climbs every mountain and fords every stream
Slavoj Žižek is one of the most popular public intellectuals in the world, though maybe in a "big in Japan" sort of way. (Most public intellectuals who aren't Noam Chomsky or a member of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism have ... read feature

These Birds Walk Review photo
A vérité look at Pakistani runaways and a group that helps them
Many people who hop into documentaries casually expect a certain amount of overt filmmaker guidance -- voiceover narration, talking head interviews, infographics, archival footage; anything to help impart information. Yet the... read feature

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A documentary that needed to be made and needs to be seen
It’s easy to ignore what’s going on half a world away. By the time the Egyptian people were fighting to take down Mohammed Morsi earlier this summer, I had forgotten all about the 2011 revolution. Of course, heari... read feature

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Dear Mr. Watterson trailer explores Calvin and Hobbes


Oct 11
I actually know a person who doesn't like Calvin & Hobbes. Sometimes I think he may be Satan himself. It's possible. There's just something magic about the boy and his stuffed tiger that never gets old. The strip aren't ... read
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Recreating Cambodia's lost past in text, clay, and film
At last year's New York Asian Film Festival I saw a documentary called Golden Slumbers, which focused on the lost cinema of Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge had destroyed cinema houses and film negatives throughout the country, wipi... read feature

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Penn & Teller explore art, technology, and the importance of obsession
Watching Tim's Vermeer, I was sort of reminded of a pair of art documentaries that turn ideas about artists and creation on their ear. There's My Kid Could Paint That, a doc about a purported child prodigy named Marla Olmstea... read feature

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A rousing but incomplete portrait of a grave injustice in Philadelphia
In 1985 there was a tragic stand-off between the extremist Africa-American group MOVE and the city of Philadelphia. At the end, 11 members of MOVE were killed, including five children, and 65 other houses in the area were bur... read feature

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A look at the only four doctors in America who perform late abortions
Before After Tiller even began, I thought I knew how I was going to start this review: I was going to comment on the fact the few critics who showed up to a screening documentary about third trimester abortions in the au... read feature

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Flix for Short: Lost & Found


Fine acts of junk
Sep 17
This short documentary by Joey Bania profiles an eccentric New Zealand tinkerer and inventor named Blair Somerville. Somerville makes all kinds of things, most of which are made from found or recycled materials, and all of h... read
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A good documentary about a (probably) bad guy
For most of America, Brandon Darby is not a household name. There are probably pockets of the South which recognize him, but in the grand scheme of things, he's really a nobody. But so are most documentary subjects, and that'... read feature

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A documentary orbiting a biopic
I'm not a petrolhead. My father is pretty heavy into motorsports, Formula One in particular. I've never been grabbed by it myself but he pointed me towards Senna as an example of exactly what grabs people about the sport... read feature

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Watch a 3 hour documentary on Aliens right now


Sep 03
Quick! What are you doing with the next three hours? Working? Learning? Reading? Exercising? Wrong, wrong, wrong and very wrong. You're watching this three hour documentary on Aliens that landed on YouTube back in ... read
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A portrait of a period through the home movies of the Nixon administration
There have been a number of documentaries in recent years that have mostly been comprised of reassembled footage as an exploration of a topic. These are assemblage films in many respects, though I think the official term is "... read feature







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