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A Look Back at the Only Lynyrd Skynyrd That Matters

A sometimes eerie and often revealing examination of Lynyrd Skynyrd's initial run and the unfortunate events that sealed the band's place in history forever.

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What’s the Plural of Roland Barthes?

Andy Stafford offers readers this overwhelmingly funny and delightfully obvious argument: Roland Barthes was not a Barthesian.

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Delighfully Freaky Horror: Capturing the Drama and Surrealism of Dracula

The nightmare-inducing haunts of the infamous Count Dracula are brought to eerie new heights in the remastered Blu-ray release of Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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‘Romeo is Bleeding’ Makes Art Out of Trauma

Romeo is Bleeding makes clear that life in Richmond, California is dire, that options are limited. However, life here also produces poetry.

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Laurie Anderson’s Reflection on Life and Death, Love and Art

Heart of a Dog reveals the gorgeous and difficult and sometimes creepy thing about stories; they mix truth and fiction, they reveal and refract.

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‘India’s Daughter’ Traces Atrocity That Became a Tipping Point

Though it lasts only 63 minutes, this documentary's impact is devastating.

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“It sort of evolved”: An Interview with Unplanned America’s Pawel “Parv” Jarecki

Parv Jarecki explains how a dodgy car, no money, and a surprising amount of helpful strangers allowed three friends to create a rich series exploring America’s subcultures.

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Jobs and His iPhone Are Ideal Objects for Study in ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’

As it investigates the contradictions Steve Jobs embodied, this film also contemplates how Jobs and Apple continue to transform the "whole planet".

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The Complex Man Behind “Uncle Walt”

The rise (and rise) of Walt Disney, from starving artist to visionary filmmaker to union-busting studio boss to family-entertainment tycoon.

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Who’s Surveilling Whom in ‘(T)Error’?

(T)Error follows an FBI sting operation as it happens; and then the FBI decides to follow the filmmakers...

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‘Body of War’ Explores What it Means to Love a Nation and Protest Its Policies Simultaneously

While making the injuries to Iraq war veteran Tomas Young visible, Body of War's pressing point concerns the future -- a future we're now living.

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‘He Named Me Malala’ Is Moving Portrait of Nobel-winning Teen

A big screen heroine of astounding power is swooping into theaters, caped in a hijab, a backpack full of books slung over her shoulder, a crooked smile the reminder of her fearlessness.

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Color Snapshots: Agnès Varda in California

Six hard-to-find films are now available in brightly colored restorations.

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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

The Jinx is a truly one-of-a-kind true crime viewing experience, and one that will never be repeated again (which almost forgives the DVD's complete absence of bonus features).

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Roberto M. Dainotto Explores the Making of the Mafia Myth

The Mafia: A Cultural History offers a Sicilian perspective on the enduring popularity of organized crime stories.

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‘The Other Man’ Examines Apartheid’s End and a Principal Architect of That Demise

An intriguing documentary about the fall of apartheid and the politician who engineered his own exit, this film teeters the thin line between success and failure, often falling one way or the other throughout.

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‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon’

Douglas Tirola’s celebration of the '70s comedy institution doesn’t know when to put on the brakes. Nevertheless, its enthusiasm proves infectious.

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‘Salad Days’ Provides Punk Food for Thought

This D.C. punk doc eschews rose colored glasses as it looks back on that most influential American punk scene.

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How Do You Define the Genre of Trans Literature?

In the late ‘90s there was an explosion of politicized art – film, video, and performance art – by trans artists. What we're seeing in literature today is a move to a much broader scale.

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‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ Is Insightful, Timely

The social crisis that helped to create the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in the 1960s is still very much with us.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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