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LeBron James lands new docu-series with Showtime

LeBron James is a generational talent, one that portends heated Twitter debates revolving around The Greatest of All Time. There's no denying his skill and talent, and he's been consistently great since the early stages of his career. Now a...

 
 
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Review: Rock Rubber 45s

“Entrepreneur” only begins to describe the life and career of Robert “Bobbito” Garcia. At 50 years old, he’s experienced stints at jobs that people strive for most of their working lives. His life and work ex...

 
 
 
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Review: Generation Wealth

I watch maybe one documentary a year. Most often the only ones that grip me are explorations of extreme people. Films like Finders Keepers and Shut up Little Man are standouts, showing just how strange and repulsive human behavior can be. T...

 
 
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LeBron James takes on the NCAA in upcoming documentary

One of the world’s biggest athletes just got done carrying his team into the NBA finals for his eighth (8!) straight finals appearance against one of the most dominant teams in the long history of the NBA. With the season at an end, L...

 
 
 
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Amazon inks Jordan Peele for Bobbitt Docuseries

One night in 1993 Lorena Bobbitt's husband came home, raped her, then went to sleep. In the ultimate act of defiant revenge, Lorena grabbed a knife and--while he was still asleep--cut off his manhood. As if that wasn't enough, she got in he...

 
 
 
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SXSW Review: Social Animals

A documentary about teenagers using Instagram is probably not at the top of your must-see films list, even if you yourself are a teenager. Disclaimer: I am not a teenager. However, I do use Instagram. Almost entirely to take pictures of wha...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The Dawn Wall

Before outlining the merits of The Dawn Wall, of which there are many, I urge you to pursue seeing this on the big screen. Yosemite is of in itself an experience more real and immersive than most. Viewing two men attempt to climb its 3,000 ...

 
 
 
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Review: Ramen Heads

When I sat down to watch Ramen Heads, based on the trailer and synopsis, I was anticipating a documentary on a famous ramen chef and his technique and philosophy akin to Jiro Dreams of Sushi. What I got was...half that. It mostly focus...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The World Before Your Feet

In many ways a two-man collaboration between filmmaker Jeremy Workman and subject Matt Green, The World Before Your Feet is an understated documentary that details Green's efforts to walk every street in New York City's five boroughs. ...

 
 
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TLC orders Dr. Pimple Popper to hour-long series

In an apparent race to develop the most unwatchable series on television, TLC has just announced it will be bringing Dr. Pimple Popper to series. God help us all. After airing a one-hour special following Dr. Sandra Lee as she made lumps on...

 
 
 
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Amazon is giving Lore a second season

Amazon has announced that it will be renewing its hybrid series for a second season, which will start production in April. Lore, based on the podcast by Aaron Mahnke, is a series that uses narration along with archival footage and animation...

 
 
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Lou DiMaggio is going back to his stand-up roots

The list of comedians who cut their teeth in '80s New York is impressive as it is exhaustive. The likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Larry David, Andy Kaufman, Ray Romano, and many, many more put in work at the Catch A Rising Star co...

 
 
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A documentary about Mr. Rogers is coming just when we need it

I think it's fair for me to say that the world is filled with vitriol and animosity right now. Everywhere you look there are people angry about everything, politics, celebrities, social media, video games, a well made but somewhat flawed...

 
 
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Review: The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

The B-Side is an atypical Errol Morris documentary. He doesn't use the Interrotron at all, his tool that allows interviewees to stare directly into the camera. Instead, the camera's just off to the side. The score is delicate rather than a ...

 
 
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Review: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Steve James may be incapable of directing a bad documentary. His films includes Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and Life Itself. With Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, James continues his record as one of America's most reliable non-fiction...

 
 
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Review: LA 92

It's been 25 years since the LA riots, and there are a number of films coming out that revisit this harrowing moment in the country's history. The most high-profile might be Let It Fall: LA from 1982-1992 from John Ridley, screenwriter of 1...

 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: Gilbert

Before sitting down to watch Gilbert, I was afraid the documentary would take away from Gilbert Gottfried's mystique. I always loved his impersonations and appearances on Howard Stern, and his dirty jokes have such craft behind them, elevat...

 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: Shadowman

There's a familiar narrative about the self-destructive artist, or maybe it's one that we want to see borne out in real life and in narratives about artists as characters. The brilliant artist is ignored but persists in their craft, achieve...

 
 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: The Reagan Show

Given how the Republican Party speaks of Ronald Reagan, he feels more like some cowboy legend than an American president. This speaks to Reagan's image consciousness as a politician, with a carefully cultivated persona that fed into the ide...

 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: The Departure

Almost everyone could benefit from a little bit of therapy, especially therapists themselves. I often wonder what sorts of anxieties therapists have to deal with after they've finished dealing with clients for the day. Empathy and patience ...

 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: Flames

Flames offers an intriguing premise. Part documentary and part art movie, co-directors Josephine Decker and Zefrey Throwell document their relationship as it falls apart. We start with the two of them in the best part of any relationship, w...

 
 
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Review: David Lynch: The Art Life

David Lynch: The Art Life hits a sweet spot in terms of its release date. Lynch's feature-length debut Eraserhead has just turned 40 years old, and the new season of Twin Peaks starts in May. There's bound to be a resurgence of all thi...

 
 
 
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Review: My Scientology Movie

Louis Theroux won me over many years ago with the show Weird Weekends. In each episode, Theroux embedded himself in a subculture and use his extreme mild-mannered niceness to disarm his subjects. He'd hang out with porn stars, demolition dr...

 
 
 
 
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DOC NYC Review: 13TH

13TH feels like a culmination of Ava DuVernay's career to this point. The documentary brings together the racial and social history of Selma, her years of work as a documentarian, her stint as a journalist, and even her undergraduate degree...

 
 
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DOC NYC Review: Weiner

Weiner is an appropriate film to review on Election Day, and not just because it's one of the best political documentaries of the last 10 years. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner potentially put the 2016 election in jeopardy last week. Whil...

 
 
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DOC NYC starts this week (November 10-17)

DOC NYC kicks off this Thursday, November 10th and runs until November 17th. DOC NYC is the largest documentary and non-fiction film festival in the United States. More than 250 events and films are scheduled for the next week, with more th...

 
 
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Review: Peter and the Farm

The first thing I noticed about Peter Dunning, the subject of the documentary Peter and the Farm, was his injured hand. It's gnarled and he's missing fingers, and at 68 years old he's managed to function with just a thumb and two digits as ...

 
 
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Review: Gimme Danger

Iggy Pop and Jim Jarmusch sound like an unlikely pairing. One's the primal frontman of proto-punk legends The Stooges, the other's a mellow, measured indie auteur. But maybe there's something magnetic about their respective brands of Midwes...

 
 
 
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Review: Fire at Sea

Sometimes I'll see a movie and that makes me shake my head and say, "Okay, yeah, I get it". These sorts of movies are ones that I can understand at a formal, metaphorical, or thematic level, and yet even though I understand the choice that ...

 
 
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Review: The Lovers And The Despot

It can be kind of exhausting getting a dozen (or more) emails a day about movie X, Y, and Z. Do I want to see this? Do I want to learn more about this? And I'm sure I've turned down a lot of great movies because the sales pitch just didn't ...

 
 




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Slender Man"He's just standing there... MENACINGLY"

 

BlacKkKlansman"Spike Lee's best"

 

The Meg"As dumb as you want it to be"

 

We The Animals"Sundance winner, this year's Moonlight"

 

Christopher Robin"Excuse me while I ugly cry"

 

Rock Rubber 45s"The king of the court"

 

Fantasia 2018 Tigers Are Not Afraid"A fairy tale with teeth"

 

Fantasia 2018 Tokyo Vampire Hotel"Kill Bill but with vampires"

 

Mission: Impossible - Fallout"Watching Tom Cruise in pain has never looked so beautiful"

 

Fantasia 2018 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot"It was never going to live up to that title"

 

Equalizer 2"One good original plus one bad sequel equals zero net gain"

 

Generation Wealth"The cost of everything"

 

Sorry to Bother You"What you think it will be, and somehow more"

 

Eighth Grade"Growing up is crazy dude."

 

Skyscraper" 摩天大楼"

 

Siberia"As bleak as the place for which it's named"

 

Woman Walks Ahead"A solid attempt at a feminist Western"

 

Ant-Man and the Wasp"Tiny explosions"

 

Under the Tree"How far would you go to not trim a tree?"

 
 
 
 
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