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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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‘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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‘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 First Wave of Releases in ‘The Films of Charlie Chaplin’ Find the Tramp at His Comic Peak

The Kid, The Gold Rush and The Circus prove that the years have done nothing to diminish the brilliance of Chaplin's early comedy.

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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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Life on the Inside of Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

The story of the man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch needs no embellishment to make it an emotional one, but that doesn't stop the filmmakers from trying.

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‘The Salt of the Earth’ and Tensions Between Peace and Disruption and Beauty and Destruction

The Salt of the Earth shows that Sebastião Salgado is as much of an activist as he is an artist.

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How Do the ‘Merchants of Doubt’ Sell Skepticism?

Merchants of Doubt shows how simple it is for corporations to sell lies to the American people, and how stupid the American people are to believe them.

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‘I Am Big Bird’ Pulls Back the Curtain on a Remarkable Entertainer

This film deftly strings together the highs and lows of beloved puppeteer Caroll Spinney’s career with enough evidence to back up the illuminating profile of its subject.

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The Media Circus Begins in ‘Best of Enemies’

This gripping documentary about the invective-slinging 1968 William F. Buckley-Gore Vidal debates isn’t a celebration of intellectual combat, it’s an original-sin tale for where TV news went wrong.

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‘Listen to Me Marlon’ Makes It Clear That for Marlon Brando, Acting Was Surviving

Marlon Brando's face offers various sorts of "stages", as he puts it, acting as a character or asserting a truth, showing that he is cocky or wounded or fearful.

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Sex, Lies, and Uprising in ‘A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile’

This film raises questions about truth and fiction in documentary, and questions regarding other sorts of storytelling, in news, social media, and political movements.

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In ‘Tea Time’, 60 Years of Illusions and Pretense Are Pleasantly Lost

Filmed over six years, Maite Alberdi's lovely, profound documentary observes five former Catholic high school classmates' conversations.

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‘The Outrageous Sophie Tucker’ Captures Entertainer’s Star Power

Sophie Tucker parlayed her drive, her personality and her gifts into a huge following.

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I, Machine - Dziga Vertov Is ‘The Man with a Movie Camera’

Flicker Alley's Blu-ray release of five of his films reveals just how crucial the Ukranian-born, avant-garde filmmaker Dziga Vertov has become.

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‘Court’ Is a Wise, Incisive Contemplation of India’s Institutional Mechanics

You see that the system is rigged, not to produce justice or even revenge, but to keep people performing, to keep workers in line.

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Dziga Vertov’s ‘The Man With the Movie Camera’ Remains a Fascinating Documentary

Dziga Vertov believed that the camera could function as an extension of the human eye, and could see and record a truth that the ordinary human eye would miss.

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"Which is better, Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

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