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American Experience: Roberto Clemente

Clemente was a brilliant ballplayer, but also conflicted and complicated, as demonstrated in Bernardo Ruiz's documentary, Roberto Clemente.

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American Experience: Walt Whitman

Like its subject, Mark Zwonitzer's Walt Whitman is grand and particular.

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14 Apr 2008 // 3:15 AM

King Corn

King Corn reveals that corn’s toxic effects extend beyond the cattle it fattens and helps to rush to market.

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Black in America - Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination

That "Eyewitness to Murder" doesn't reach a definitive conclusion speaks elliptically and effectively to the experience of being "black in America."

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1 Apr 2008 // 1:00 AM

Compañeras

Compañeras shows that even when the musicians are women, expectations and structures remain male-dominated.

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26 Mar 2008 // 2:27 AM

Peter & the Wolf

The new Peter & The Wolf's sophisticated visual take on its familiar themes is utterly disarming.

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25 Mar 2008 // 3:29 AM

Autism: the Musical

Autism: the Musical complicates and enhances Hall's fierce hope with a series of stories of anger and resentment, generosity and dynamic love.

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19 Mar 2008 // 1:00 AM

Nice Bombs

Airing on Sundance as part of its "Iraq War Anniversary" programming, Nice Bombs is an extraordinary film, the story focused through personal experience and resonating outward.

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19 Mar 2008 // 12:59 AM

The Situation

As The Situation makes a mucky melodrama out of the war in Iraq, it accommodates an American perspective of its own actions.

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18 Mar 2008 // 2:40 AM

Iron Ladies of Liberia

As Iron Ladies of Liberia documents, Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf faces multiple obstacles, yet approaches her work with resolve and ingenuity.

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14 Mar 2008 // 2:00 AM

The Return of Jezebel James

To start, the premise of The Return of Jezebel James -- infertility -- isn’t exactly a knee-slapper.

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10 Mar 2008 // 3:18 AM

Canterbury’s Law

Yes, Liz is ballsy. And no, Canterbury's Law is not subtle.

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3 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

New Amsterdam

On its surface, New Amsterdam is yet another show featuring a detective with a gimmick.

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1 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Unhitched

Unhitched revels in the surrealist absurdity of dating, but can't make its central friendship ring true.

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27 Feb 2008 // 3:50 AM

The Gates

Even as Christo submits that the art exists as such, to be observed and absorbed, the film makes a case that politics is inherent in and constitutive of art.

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26 Feb 2008 // 3:15 AM

quarterlife

A show where friends sleep around on each other, only to have truths revealed about their lives through a blog? It's basically Gossip Girl, only without the awareness that it's a total fantasy.

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26 Feb 2008 // 3:10 AM

Hard Road Home

Hard Road Home doesn’t overstate any angle on the prison problem, neither the idealism nor the cynicism. Instead, it tells stories, observing and respecting those who know.

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25 Feb 2008 // 3:19 AM

Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill is most compelling when it considers the ways Cody's story shaped both the national past and the future of celebrity.

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Joe Louis: America’s Hero… Betrayed

While the film reports events of Joe Louis' life, it doesn't shape them or trace specific themes. What does emerge in this bleak outline, however, is the sense that Louis was "betrayed" by a "nation."

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Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings

The question of cause and effect is crucial, not only to Banished, but also to the black and white communities who live today with the legacy of banishing.

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