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Review: Very Semi-Serious

There's a joke about the cartoons seen in The New Yorker: pretty much all of them can be re-captioned "Christ, what an a**hole." It works surprisingly well about 90% of the time. (The other two evergreen captions for New Yorker cartoons are...

 
 
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DOC NYC starts this week, runs November 12-19

DOC NYC is one of my favorite film festivals in New York City. Each year, DOC NYC showcases some of the best non-fiction filmmaking from all over the world, including a number of Oscar winners and Oscar contenders. DOC NYC starts on Novembe...

 
 
 
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ESPN 30 for 30: Angels in the Outfield

While I don't necessarily like baseball, I really like the idea of baseball, especially documentaries about baseball. That goes for pitching docs like Fastball and Knuckleball, as well as underdog stories like The Battered Bastards of Baseb...

 
 
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Review: Junun

How do you review a home movie with a great soundtrack? In a lot of ways that's precisely what Paul Thomas Anderson's Junun is. Anderson shot the footage earlier this year, chronicling a month-long recording session between Radiohead's Jonn...

 
 
 
 
 
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Review: I Am Chris Farley

When I went into I Am Chris Farley, I couldn't have honestly said that I was a fan of his work. Not because I didn't like it, but because I didn't know it particularly well. I'd seen some stuff over the years, but I missed his tenure o...

 
 
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Review: The Nightmare

Sleep paralysis is a condition that affects people in a liminal state of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness. When it strikes, a person is unable to speak or move. Several people who discuss their own experiences with sleep paralysi...

 
 
 
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Review: Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World

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 forms. His design ...

 
 
 
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Tribeca Review: Monty Python: The Meaning of Live

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) have a firm h...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: The Birth of Sake

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, movies, games, ...

 
 
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First trailer for My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

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 February 27. &nb...

 
 
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15 documentaries advance for Academy Awards

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 here are the 1...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Kill Team

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 lesson that the Sov...

 
 
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Review: Particle Fever

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 revelation has impact...

 
 
 
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New trailer for whimsical soccer movie This is Not a Ball

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 explores how people...

 
 
 
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Tribeca Review: Mala Mala

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 respectful lens cements ...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Maravilla

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’s always p...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Super Duper Alice Cooper

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 to his music. No...

 
 
 
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Trailer for Fed Up takes a look at America's food industries

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 America's food ...

 
 
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Trailer: Heaven Adores You - an Elliot Smith documentary

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 about the late son...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Que Caramba es la Vida

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 his parties. W...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Doc of the Dead

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. Their influenc...

 
 
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New, epic trailer for nature documentary Watermark

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, and photographer...

 
 
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Review: 12 O'Clock Boys

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 can think of wo...

 
 
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The Act of Killing returning to theaters in February

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. If you happene...

 
 
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First trailer for Justin Bieber documentary, Believe

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 Justin Bieber?...

 
 
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Review: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

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 "big in Japan" ...

 
 
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Review: These Birds Walk

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 vérit&e...

 
 
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Review: The Square

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, hearing about it bro...

 
 
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Dear Mr. Watterson trailer explores Calvin and Hobbes

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 just funny, the...

 
 




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Justice League"Super, man?"

 

Inhumans (Season 1)"How did this happen?"

 

Murder on the Orient Express"Starring Kenneth Branagh, directed by Kenneth Branagh, produced by..."

 

Stranger Things 2 "Less of a killer thriller"

 

Thor: Ragnarok"♫ On we sweep with threshing oar / Our only goal will be the western shore / Ah-ah, ah! ♫"

 

Last Flag Flying"Richard Linklater standing at attention, but not at ease or at rest"

 

A Bad Moms Christmas"Moms are trouble"

 

Lady Bird"Fly, birdy, fly"

 

Blade of the Immortal"If you came here for Wesley Snipes, look elsewhere"

 

Suburbicon"Suburbicant get it right"

 

Jigsaw"Gettin' jiggy wit it"

 

The Square"The square is the ideal, the world is rectangles and trapezoids"

 

The Snowman"When you try your best but you don't succeed"

 

Wonderstruck"When the might of artifice meets the disappointing limitations of realism"

 

The Foreigner"Jackie Chan has a certain set of skills, too"

 

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)"Damaged people, decent people, dysfunctional families"

 

The Mountain Between Us"Why didn't they eat the dog?"

 

My Little Pony: The Movie"Straight to the glue factory"

 

Blade Runner 2049"Does Hollywood dream of electric reboots?"

 

Cult of Chucky"Don't cults require followers?"

 

NYFF Zama"Strange and without category, Lucrecia Martel's return to filmmaking is the best and most idiosyncratic movie of 2017"

 

Jeepers Creepers 3"Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

 

Battle of the Sexes"A back and forth volley never settling on a tone"

 

NYFF Thelma"Everything you need and more"

 
 
 
 
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