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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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Missed Opportunities in ‘Fantastic Four’

Angry teenagers in the midst of superheros' origin stories.

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‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Is Really About Adults in Need of Parenting

We follow the exploits of Minnie (Bel Powley), a 15-year-old aspiring cartoonist in 1976 San Francisco. The first thing she tells us -- “I just had sex. Holy shit!” -- sets the film's tone.

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Not Safe for Children, ‘Cop Car’ is a Crafty and Cool-Handed High Plains Thriller

When two ten-year-old boys steal a seemingly abandoned police cruiser, they get roped into an absurdist crime drama they don’t comprehend any better than the audience does.

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Two Masters of Hollywood Expressionism Go Back to Europe

Escape From East Berlin and War-Gods of the Deep both try to escape from tyranny.

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In ‘Hard to Be a God’, Slumming It Has Never Felt so Real

Aleksey German's last film is part genius, part a confusing mess, and 100 percent a cinematic experience like no other.

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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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What Drives a Man to Challenge the ‘Angry Sky’?

Long before Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who set the Stratos jump record, there was maverick high altitude jumper Nick Piantanida.

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‘Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A’

This documentary looks at the knotty effects of life without parole at Yard A, an experimental program at the maximum-security California State Prison in the Mojave Desert.

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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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Rock’s Bad Boy Mick Jagger Is Not Bad Enough for ‘Ned Kelly’

Tony Richardson’s 1970 Down Under biopic Ned Kelly provides lovingly filmed scenery--including the Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger--but, in this version of the folk legend, bad boy Ned seldom seems to be the “wild colonial boy”.

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‘Wyrmwood’ Breathes Fresh Life Into the Undead

While not perfect, this independently produced passion project is a surprisingly refreshing and original zombie movie with a twist.

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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 Four Warriors’ Boldly Goes Where Everyone Has Gone Before

A highly derivative fantasy adventure, The Four Warriors feels like it might just manage to save itself. And then it promptly walks straight off a cliff.

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David Foster Wallace and ‘The End of the Tour’

The End of the Tour observes the process of reverence, its reductions and lapses.

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Is ‘Gemma Bovery’ Serious, Slapstick, Tragic, Romantic or Twee?

Unsure of the right tone to take, and weighed down by a dispiriting bunch of characters, Gemma Bovery is, unfortunately, the sum of all its parts

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‘King of the Gypsies’ Should Become a Cult Classic

Eric Robert's big screen debut provides a beautifully shot and scored dramatic take on gypsy life in America.

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Tom Cruise Teaches the Genre What Action Is All About With ‘Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation’

This is the best thriller of the year not named Mad Max: Fury Road.

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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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‘Tangerines’ Is a Passionate Plea for Diplomacy and Coexistence

Tangerines highlights the various reasons why people fight, and then shows why these reasons are inadequate.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

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"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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