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‘Chuck Norris vs. Communism’ and the End of Television

Unable to find food to eat, working long hours for precious little compensation, living in cramped, cold quarters, Romanians sought hope in "video nights".

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‘Dreams Rewired’ Provides a Poetic Gloss on a Well-known Story

Dreams Rewired isn't in the business of recovery or even analysis. Instead, it gestures, it implies, it signifies.

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‘Heroin: Cape Cod, USA’: Systems of Addiction

Pain is costly, and treating it, profitable; Heroin: Cape Cod, USA reveals that 80% of heroin users start with prescription painkillers.

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‘Making a Murderer’ Sets a High Bar For True Crime Documentary

With its densely woven narrative and unobtrusive style, Making a Murderer is a groundbreaking work with far-reaching implications.

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Humor’s No Joke in ‘Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists’

A new documentary about the New Yorker cartoons shows the pains taken to be funny.

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‘He Named Me Malala’ Will Make You Feel Good, But It Won’t Make You Think

Director Davis Guggenheim has a great subject and powerful, but his film believes that this young woman's greatest moment comes in the form of a prize.

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Climb the Highest Mountain: ‘The Epic of Everest’

This silent documentary still looks (and sounds) great.

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‘Crocodile Gennadyi’: A Ukrainian Pastor’s Mission

Even if his methods to save street kids aren't exactly legal, no one can argue with Gennadyi's rousing effectiveness a performer.

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Making Movies to Survive in ‘The Wolfpack’

The Wolfpack is less about the power of movie consumption and more about the power of movie creation.

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Frank Sinatra Was a Strange Cat

For many, Frank Sinatra is a caricature of a bygone era, a static character whose legacy commanded more respect than his work. That's only part of the story-- and so is this.

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‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’: Maybe It’s for Love

On the one hand, you're reminded of the prodigious talent Janis possessed. On the other, you understand that none of the stories here can do her justice.

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Bass Giant Jaco Pastorius Is Remembered in ‘Jaco’

If the current generation of upcoming musicians isn't aware of Jaco Pastorius, they should be. This must-see rock doc. cements that matter deeply in our hearts

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‘A Special Day’ in Fascist Italy

Despite the tumultuous times, the characters in A Special Day can’t escape the clichés of a standard melodramatic story.

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The Story of the Jam, a Band That Had the Sense to Break up on Time

It's a great time to be a fan of The Jam and this 2015 documentary is but one reason why. Now issued with a full live concert from 1980, you can't lose.

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Alicia Vikander Digs Deep for Sympathy in Transgender Film ‘Danish Girl’

The Danish Girl is hitting theaters at the tail end of a year in which transgender stories finally began to appear on-screen.

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‘3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets’: Loss and Resolve in the Jordan Davis Murder

Three years ago, Jordan Davis was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 17 years old. The man who shot him

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It Looks Like Most Rock Docs and Feels Like Most Rock Docs—It’s ‘I Am Thor’

He’s a tank that keeps on plowing through the fields in the face of opposing forces, and it’s somehow admirable and inspirational that he hasn’t given up.

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‘Mimi and Dona’: Sunshine in Our Sorrow

At once hopeful and harrowing, Mimi and Dona looks at situations common in many families, situations concerning aging parents and children who need them.

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Lillian Faderman’s ‘The Gay Revolution’ Gives an Epic Sweep to a Story of Repression and Resistance

How does the amazing evolution in the image and status of gays and lesbians, as well as bisexual and transgender people, affect all Americans? What remains to be done?

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Cole Porter in the Age of AIDS: The 25th Anniversary of ‘Red Hot + Blue’

Today's pop culture is as intolerant as ever of aging and illness but Porter’s great wit remains ideal for expressions of love, solace, and desire in the age of AIDS.

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Indie Horror Month 2016: 'Downfall' Explores Depression, Bulimia, and Suicide through Horror

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"Downfall finds horror in helpfulness.

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