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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Achieves a Kind of Heightened Truth

Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, called the production “the most unusual biopicture I’ve been involved in”.

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28 Apr 2015 // 9:30 AM

Spandau Ballet Gets Its Due in ‘Soul Boys’ Documentary

Spandau Ballet launched the “New Romantics” movement in pop’s New Wave, the music that blended punk and disco and fashion and paved the way

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24 Apr 2015 // 9:04 AM

‘Montage of Heck’ Reveals Unseen Sides of Kurt Cobain

Cobain’s witty self-awareness is one of many new and heartrending sides of him brought to light in Brett Morgen’s new HBO documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

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Disneynature Lets the Clichés Overpower the Footage in ‘Monkey Kingdom’

As Monkey Kingdom turns into another cookie-cutter family film in which the underdog overcomes all odds, it's easy to lose track of the incredible documentary footage.

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If He Were Still With Us, ‘Life Itself’ Would Be Worthy of Roger Ebert’s Praise

Ebert never lived to see the finished product, but it's not a stretch at all to imagine what kind of score Siskel & Ebert would have given it had they the chance: two thumbs up.

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Ben Stiller Takes on a Woody Allen Persona in ‘While We’re Young’

This examination of documentary filmmaking, of truth and not-quite-truth, is somewhat undercut by the neuroses of its male lead (Ben Stiller).

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‘Top Five’ Is the First Film to Fully Showcase Chris Rock’s Genius

Top Five is one of the most original and satisfying comedies in years.

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10 Culturally Iconic Moments in the Career of Albert Maysles (1926 - 2015)

Though he never received the appreciation of his peers, documentarian Albert Maysles' mark on the genre remains indelible, and important. Here are 10 reasons why.

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In Defense of the Chris Rock Renaissance

Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.

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‘Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show’ Is a Man’s World

Showrunners misses the opportunity to explore why creating fictional worlds continues to be gendered as masculine in our cultural imagination.

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‘Last Days of Vietnam’ Reveals the Lessons Still Unlearned

In Last Days in Vietnam, archival footage is both thrilling and heartbreaking, at once emblematic of the broader saga of so many mistakes set against so many heroic efforts.

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‘A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY’: Tales of How to Stay Alive

Knowledge of what might happen, a sense of limits and possibilities, make New York firefighters' lives simultaneously extraordinary and essential.

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‘Gringo Trails’ Explores the Complicated Business of Tourism

Gringo Trails doesn't explore the construction of travelers' desire for an "authentic" experience, but instead focuses on its effects: the global tourism industry.

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‘After Tiller’: Difficult Decisions for Patients and Doctors

The work of Dr. Susan Robinson forms the focus of Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's intelligent, conscientious documentary, After Tiller, premiering on PBS' POV series on September 1.

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Knots Untie and Tie Again in ‘Boardwalk Empire: Season Four’

If previous seasons gave us glimpses of the evil that men do, then this penultimate season of HBO's best current series gives us an extreme closeup.

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Have Our ‘Hearts and Minds’ Really Changed?

There are lessons aplenty about Vietnam in Hearts and Minds—it's a shame we still haven’t learned them.

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Linda Williams on the Melodrama of Black and White in ‘The Wire’

On The Wire is a must-read book for everyone who believes that the HBO series is life-changing fiction of the highest order.

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‘A Constantly Driving Feeling’: Interview with Orlando Von Einsiedel

"The rangers risk their lives every day because of their hope for the park, and the hope that this amazing place promises for Eastern Congo."

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‘Bettie Page Reveals All’ Is Touching, Not Exploitative

This is an excellent, engrossing amalgamation of the history of Bettie Page.

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‘God Loves Uganda’ Is a Timely Exposé, but It’s Also Unimpressive Cinema

God Loves Uganda exists to educate and enrage; it paints a clear portrait of good versus evil.

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'Herald' Attempts the Troubled Waters of the Colonial Narrative

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"The “colonialism” at play is not between nations, rather it seems more interested in how it influences a man recently come of age.

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