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‘Amy’: She Was All About the Music

As sad as Winehouse's story may be, Amy is gorgeous and provocative, too.

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AFI Docs 2015 + HBO: ‘Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014’

As Requiem for the Dead shows, the clues that signal the violence committed by gun-bearing killers found on social media are missed until it's too late.

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Orson Welles Is Still Having the Last Laugh in ‘Magician’

Chuck Workman's Magician presents a vision of a man who made an equitable bargain with his genius and enjoyed a life larger than most of us could imagine.

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23 Jun 2015 // 1:05 AM

The Banality of Destiny

Fateful Ties is exhaustive and exhaustingly catalogued history of the US' aggressively narcissistic relationship with China.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015: ‘(T)Error’

As compelling as (T)Error's restless images are, the film never lets you forget what you can't see, what's deliberately hidden, and what's receding from view even as you look.

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AFI Docs 2015: ‘Drone’ Shows How the World Is Becoming a War Zone

Drone raises vital questions not only about how drones shapes the modern military experiences, but also about how drones reshape moral ground.

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Human Rights Watch Festival and AFI Docs 2015: ‘Of Men and War’

Of Men and War, shot over six years, follows multiple mostly unnamed veterans as they share their rage, fear, and frustration.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015: ‘Cartel Land’ and the Never-Ending Story of the Drug War

Cartel Land reveals the false opposition between good and evil in the drug wars.

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‘Heaven Knows What’ Blurs the Boundaries Between Documentary and Fiction

Heaven Knows What brings fiction and experience together, raising provocative questions about how you believe one and the other.

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‘Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China’ Tells Too Much Story

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is a game bursting at the seams with story, but not in a good way.

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‘The Decent One’ Takes on the Task of Humanizing Himmler

Using Heinrich Himmler's personal letters and journals, The Decent One presents an intimate family portrait of the architect of the Holocaust.

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‘A Year in Champagne’ Is All Fruit and No Acidity

There's plenty of dazzle but little depth in this champagne documentary.

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26 May 2015 // 8:22 AM

Cannes 2015: ‘Amy’ Follows Late Singer’s Descent

In Amy, a new documentary about the late star Amy Winehouse, we learn just how unique and complicated a descent can be.

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Albert Maysles’ Final Film, ‘In Transit’, Now Screening in Select Theaters

The documentary pioneer, who passed away earlier this year, leaves behind one last film to his name, documents lives on board the Amtrak Empire Builder train.

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‘Rigor Mortis’ Doesn’t Have the Decency to Scare Its Audience

It wouldn't seem possible to make a dour movie about China's famous "hopping vampires", but somehow Juno Mak has done it.

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With ‘Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida’, Errol Morris Flexed His Filmmaking Muscles

Gates of Heaven and Vernon, Florida both offer hints of the Errol Morris films to come, but are not essential on their own.

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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Achieves a Kind of Heightened Truth

Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, called the production “the most unusual biopicture I’ve been involved in”.

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28 Apr 2015 // 9:30 AM

Spandau Ballet Gets Its Due in ‘Soul Boys’ Documentary

Spandau Ballet launched the “New Romantics” movement in pop’s New Wave, the music that blended punk and disco and fashion and paved the way

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Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation With China

Spanning fascination and fear, ideas about China have long been embedded in America’s conception of itself and its own fate.

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24 Apr 2015 // 9:04 AM

‘Montage of Heck’ Reveals Unseen Sides of Kurt Cobain

Cobain’s witty self-awareness is one of many new and heartrending sides of him brought to light in Brett Morgen’s new HBO documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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