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‘Do I Sound Gay?’ Raises More Questions Than It Answers

While his topic lends itself to a personal frame, filmmaker David Thorpe remains such a tentative presence in his own story that the result is both navel-gazing and non-revealing.

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‘Frontline: Escaping ISIS’ Explores the Terrorist Group’s Genocidal Aims

As Frontline: Escaping ISIS reveals in images that are at once effectively impressionistic and grim, ISIS is embarked on a genocidal, "forced conversion" crusade against the Yazidi.

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‘My Depression: The Up and Down of It’, Sketches a Relationship With Illness

The supermarket bins in this story are stocked with Mystery, Anxiety, and Fresh Doubt, and shelves are lined with boxes of Tired and Go Away or sacks of Malaise.

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‘Red Army’ Raises Thought-provoking Questions About the Price of Greatness

Red Army works as an engaging history lesson and an entertaining sports documentary.

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‘Tangerine’ Is a Raucous, Gorgeous Comedy of Errors

This is a sprawling, generous examination of how lies intersect with truths, and especially, how gender identities occasion such intersection.

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8 Jul 2015 // 9:11 AM

Outfest Explores a World of Transgender Experiences on Film

Of the 166 films from 33 countries premiering at Outfest from Thursday to July 19, about 15 percent center on the transgender experience or include transgender actors, looking beyond celebrities like Jenner and Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox.

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The Nuclear Family Explodes in ‘Mislaid’

Nell Zink's characters represent and confront most of the "-isms" and phobias related to the “Other” that still plague not only the USA, but the entire world.

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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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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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‘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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The Ongoing Conversation of Gender and Sexuality

Dutch author Maxim Februari's The Making of a Man is an interesting, if sometimes frustrating, contribution to discussions of gender and sexuality.

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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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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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