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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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Season Two of ‘True Detective’ Needs More of the Surreal

Is decoding director Justin Lin's second season of True Detective important, or just thought candy for TV snobs?

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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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The Second Season of ‘True Detective’ Follows the Legacy of ‘Hill Street Blues’

Moral ambiguity and an ensemble cast are the hallmark features of True Detective's forthcoming second season.

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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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‘Ballers’ on HBO Aims to Be Rare Sports-Themed Series With Winning Game Plan

The new HBO show Ballers counts on the current sports frenzy, sharp writing and the massive appeal of former wrestling star turned leading man Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. "The Rock".

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Creator of ‘Game of Thrones’ Languages: “I put words in their mouths”

Although George R.R. Martin claimed he made up phrases on the spot, I was delighted to find that his language examples were grammatically consistent.

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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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Bryan Lee Brown - “Many Branches” (from Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’) (audio) (Premiere)

Hear an exclusive track from Bryan Lee Brown's score to the Foo Fighters HBO documentary Sonic Highways, "Many Branches", a week before its release.

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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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29 May 2015 // 9:36 AM

David Oyelowo Lifts ‘Nightingale’ on HBO

David Oyelowo’s performance in Nightingale is the reason the film is debuting on HBO on Friday night, or, indeed, at all.

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26 May 2015 // 9:22 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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J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Charts the Perils of Adaption

In bringing J.K. Rowling's first post-Potter novel to TV, Sarah Phelps sands away the sharp corners and personal complications that made the book so memorable.

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‘Selma’ Actor David Oyelowo Gives a Tour de Force Performance in ‘Nightingale’

In a stirring single-location, single-character drama, Selma's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, David Oyelowo, stars as a war veteran in a taxing mental state.

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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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