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‘David Lynch: The Art Life’ Pulls the Garmonbozia Directly Out of the Auteur Himself

This insightful documentary brings advanced closure to lingering questions we may have when Twin Peaks: The Return ends its triumphant televisual revival in September.

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Crowd Pleasing ‘Step’ Brims With Humanity and Courage

Amanda Lipitz’s debut feature is an unrepentant hug in a world more accustomed to gut punches.

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‘Brillo Box (3 Cents Off)’ Views an Iconic Warhol Artwork From a Personal Lens

It may have sold for $3 million, but still, is it art? Andy Warhol's Brillo Box is a tale of art and commerce that resonates in these times.

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What Is Real in the YouTube World of ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’?

Presenting Princess Shaw simultaneously exposes and obscures the process of documentary-making.

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Clearly, ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Belongs in the Pantheon of Essential Music Documentaries

Win Wenders beautifully intersperses images of concert footage with more intimate performances of the same song. The differences are both illuminating and affecting.

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Larry David’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Returns to HBO for Ninth Season on Oct. 1

Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO on October 1st.

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Film ‘Nobody Speak’ Offers a Chilling View of the Challenges in a World of Trump and Billionaires

Many Americans felt anxious after the election of President Donald Trump. But few harbored the dread that Brian Knappenberger did.

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Observe and Report: The Ethics of ‘Cameraperson’

Cameraperson is observational in ways both purer and more complex than much of what appears in documentaries edited to appear as objective works.

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‘In Pursuit of Silence’ Challenges the Senses

In Pursuit of Silence's technical mastery overcomes its overuse of interview commentary to illustrate silence's numerous edifying properties.

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“The Book of Nora” Opens as ‘The Leftovers’ Draws to a Perfect Close

The story ends with a story, making The Leftovers' experiential sensation one of divine artistic intent.

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In ‘The Blood is at the Doorstep’, a Family Suffers From an Intransigent Criminal Justice System

Erik Ljung's work is an auspicious cinematic debut which reminds that for every criminal justice statistic, there's a stirring story which deserves to be deeply considered.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017: ‘Black Code’ + ‘Bill Nye’ + ‘The Blood Is at the Doorstep’

A trio of documentaries on ostensibly diverse subjects (suppression of online dissent, a climate change crusade, a family’s struggle for justice after a police shooting) all circle back to the fight for agency in the modern world.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017: ‘Nowhere to Hide’

Zaradasht Ahmed's opening night film is a quiet but searing portrait of an Iraqi family hurled into exile by the chaos that followed the 2011 pullout of American forces.

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‘Abacus’ Questions the Virtues of the American Legal System

When director Steve James captures Chinatown's denizens during their lived-in moments, Abacus improves from a trial procedural to a cinematic vision of the American Dream under siege.

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Laura Poitras Zeroes in on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in the Elusive, Unsettling ‘Risk’

Risk is first and foremost an impressive cinematic coup, a triumph of access to an elusive and sometimes combative subject.

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Oscar-winning Director Laura Poitras Talks About ‘Risk’, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

The untangling of power, politics, and sex seems ever more difficult these days, and Risk is Exhibit A.

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‘Atlantic’: A Nautical Dirge for a Dying Ocean

'Atlantic' is an urgent and visually moving lament against corporate privatization of the ocean.

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‘#MyEscape’ Employs Innovative Filmmaking Techniques to Cover the Middle Eastern Refugee Crisis

Director Elke Sasse doesn't need to embellish the refugees’ stories; their own cell phone filmmaking and interviews provide plenty of narrative depth.

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Sheldon Allman - A Modern Harmonic Industrial Film (premiere)

Sheldon Allman's quirky 1960 LP Folk Songs For the 21st Century is getting a re-issue on May 12th and today we premiere the documentary.

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‘The Leftovers’ “The Book of Kevin” Subverts Expectations in a Near-Perfect Episode

"The Book of Kevin" subverts its own narrative to offer a profound meditation on its own intelligent design.

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How It Slips Away: 'The Breaking Point' Crosses Hemingway With Noir

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"Whether we've seen or read the story before, we ache for these sympathetic, floundering people presented to us gravely and without cynicism, even when cynical themselves.

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