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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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‘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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18 Sep 2015 // 9:42 AM

An Open Challenge From Gay Muslim Filmmaker, Parvez Sharma

In the documentary A Sinner in Mecca, Sharma explores the effect of Wahhabism on the centuries-old pilgrimage.

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‘All American High Revisited’ Is Hardly Typical

Torrance High School was used as the setting for both Beverly Hills 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which may be one reason it seems like a “typical American high school".

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‘Growing Up Trans’ Offers a Nuanced and Often Positive Look at Transgender Youths

PBS's Frontline documentary Growing Up Trans centers the stories of eight transgender youth as they navigate family, friends, gender, and medical decisions they face as they approach puberty.

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American Dreams and Road Trips: Packing Up Season 1 of ‘Unplanned America’

In the final two episodes of its first season, the guys seek out the paranormal, settle for the weird, and wrap up their cross-country adventure.

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Bingham Prize Winner Jack Livings on Imagining China

Award-winning fiction writer Jack Livings discusses his new book, The Dog, and the importance of writing with moral purpose.

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Gives a Lesser Known History

Stanley Nelson’s studious history shows that even without the law enforcement campaign of disinformation, infiltration, and assassination, the Black Panthers would have imploded on their own.

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‘Welcome to Leith’ Tells of the Day the Nazis Came to Town

When a white supremacist tried to turn this tiny North Dakota town into his own Aryan enclave, the locals were horrified but found that they had limited resources to fight back.

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28 Aug 2015 // 10:02 AM

‘Rosenwald’ Reveals a Philanthropist With a Mission

Aviva Kempner expertly documents unexpected aspects of Jewish life in America, revealing the combination of factors that turned this Jewish businessman into an exceptionally generous donor to the African-American community.

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‘I Dream of Wires’, Like Its Subject, Is Large, Intimidating and Multi-faceted

Before the film's halfway point, you are not dreaming of wires, you are in the wires.

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Orson Welles Is Like the Eccentric Uncle in ‘Around the World With Orson Welles’

A combination of sublime and ridiculous makes for a surprisingly enjoyable show.

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26 Aug 2015 // 3:30 PM

Movie Star Jackie Chan Caught Between East and West

Jackie Chan has just published an autobiography in Chinese, Never Grow Up, Only Get Older, and the title is more than apropos.

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‘Unplanned America’: “Boyz in the Hood” and ”Inhibition and Exhibition”

The reality TV road show tackles sex, cycling, and hip-hop in its third and fourth episodes.

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How Might ‘Meru’ Be Measured?

Climbing Meru might be represented in a film, but even as it's shared here among the three climbers, each has his own version of what happened.

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The ‘Magician’ Is Orson Welles, But Not As You Know Him

The story of extravagant talent unfulfilled is turned on its head in this simplistic yet entertaining retelling of Orson Welles' career

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24 Aug 2015 // 1:30 PM

‘Unplanned America’ Is an Unplanned Human Experience

While its premise reads as pat reality TV, Unplanned America actually provides a look at the very human sentiments behind some of America’s more unusual subcultures.

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‘Citizenfour’ Is Invaluable Cinéma Vérité

I welcome Oliver Stone’s forthcoming biopic about Snowden with an open mind, but I doubt that it will surpass the riveting realism of Citizenfour.

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The Who’s ‘Lambert and Stamp’ Is a Murky Telling of an Unknown Chapter in Rock History

This film tells the story of two men who formed an unlikely partnership and persuaded The Who to sign with them, despite their lack of connections and experience in the industry.

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'The Chamber' Keeps the Drama and Suspense Going

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"The Chamber is the filmic equivalent of a fairground ride, the stimulation of emotion over ideas.

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