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29 Jul 2008 // 2:00 AM

Wide Angle: Lord’s Children

Startling and strangely poetic, Lord's Children focuses on three young victims' efforts to recover from their years with Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.

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28 Jul 2008 // 1:00 AM

The Recruiter

In The Recruiter, Staff Sergeant Clay Usie says he doesn't have a "pitch." Instead, he asserts, "I go out and look for patriots."

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21 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Wide Angle: The Burning Season

Airing as part of PBS' Wide Angle, The Burning Season examines the complex relationship among Indonesian farmers, global corporate entities, and earth's future.

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21 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

POV: 9 Star Hotel

The possibility of panicky flight hangs over Ido Haar's affecting documentary, 9 Star Hotel.

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Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal

Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal is not the documentary you might expect.

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20 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Closer

In The Closer, Kyra Sedgwick's Brenda Johnson often walks a fine line between complex and irritating.

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16 Jul 2008 // 2:26 AM

Saving Grace

In the second season premiere of TNT's Saving Grace, Grace's pursuit of drama took forms that were both overt and effectively repressed.

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15 Jul 2008 // 2:30 AM

The Cleaner: Series Premiere

The first episode of The Cleaner takes its self-appointed contextualizing very seriously.

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15 Jul 2008 // 2:10 AM

POV: The Last Conquistador

Methodically and cleverly, The Last Conquistador follows the controversy surrounding El Paso's commmisioned statue of Don Juan de Oñate.

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14 Jul 2008 // 2:48 AM

China’s Stolen Children

For his remarkable documentary, filmmaker Jezza Neumann spent three and half months posing as a tourist in order to obtain undercover footage of victims, traffickers, and buyers.

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11 Jul 2008 // 9:52 AM

Generation Kill

The start of HBO's Generation Kill lays out some essential points of focus: the Kuwaiti desert is hot, the firepower is awesome, and the kids in U.S. uniforms are exactly that: kids.

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10 Jul 2008 // 2:00 AM


Flashpoint is not about the crisis per se, it's not about possible terrorism or even about a crazed individual. Instead, it's about aftermath.

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POV: The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández

Much like the corrido that opens it, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández means to remember Esequiel and the circumstances of his murder.

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The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale

Chuck Connelly's story, as recounted in The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale, is at once fragmented, exasperating, and weirdly predictable.

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1 Jul 2008 // 2:00 AM

POV: Election Day

Many stories are told in Election Day, Katy Chevigny's bracing, insightful documentary on what happened four years ago.

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30 Jun 2008 // 3:00 AM

Ganja Queen

Schapelle Corby's difference and distance from her cellmates are reinforced throughout Janine Hosking's shrewd and compelling Ganja Queen.

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29 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Human Spider

The Human Spider drops into several cities alongside urban free solo climber Alain Robert, as if each stunt has been conceived at a last minute.

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25 Jun 2008 // 3:30 AM


The fourth season of Weeds began with Agrestic burned down and Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) on the U.S.-Mexican border, aptly liminal.

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25 Jun 2008 // 3:25 AM

When I Knew

When I Knew's stories are specific, even as they all indicate the shifting ground of what it means to be gay and then out in the United States.

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POV: Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North wades into U.S. legacies of race and racism with a mixture of good will, nerve, and occasional naïveté.

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