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Anticipation and Expectation in Game Marketing: The Art of ‘Anti-Hype’

Watch the trailer for No Man's Sky and then for Frostpunk. There is a clear difference in the kind of expectations each creates in its audience.

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Television

'Ferrell Takes the Field' Debuts Sept. 12 on HBO

Funny Or Die teams up with HBO for the 9/12 special Ferrell Takes the Field.

Television

Super Bowl XLVIII: Battle of the Epic Commercials

These ads made us laugh, tugged at our heartstrings, or just wasted our time.

Film

'Our Nixon': Terrific Documentary Is Now in Theaters

The newly released last of the Nixon audiotapes don't quite show more elusive aspects of this complicated president, and for that you might turn to the excellent documentary Our Nixon.

Film

'Gideon's Army': The Hard Work of Public Defenders

In Dawn Porter's documentary, public defenders are moved by a sense of mission, a belief that their work for justice, in representing their clients, helps to make the US justice system less unfair.

Film

The Month in Pop Entertainment: July 2013

Blockbusters, summer TV, and a lot of music prove that there's more fun to be had in July than just the 4th.

Culture

'Homegoings': Exceptional Documentary Opens POV's New Season

The term "homegoings" refers to cycles, the movement to a place where those who passed before you are waiting, and also where you will wait to embrace those coming after.

Film

'Revolutionary Optimists' on Independent Lens

Even when his students are forced into emotional difficulties, arranged marriages or hard labor to support their families, Amlan Ganguly persists, believing they can find their way out of the slums of Kolkata.

Film

'El Sicario -- Room 164': An Incredible Story, Incredibly Told

According to the sicario, many unrecovered bodies are buried in safe houses, backyards and city buildings, places he can't recall or never knew. He may be lying. And he may not.

Film

'Call Me Kuchu': David Kato's Courage and Charisma

Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall spend a year with David Kato, tracking this bold gay rights activist's efforts and confidence, his infectious good humor and his terrific charisma.

Film

'Follow the Leader': Politics For Beginners

Over three years, Jonathan Goodman Levitt's beguiling documentary reveals, three aspiring politicians undergo changes regarding their ideas about how the US system works, some more drastic than others.

Technology

'Frontline: Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings'

As Washington Post reporter William Arkin puts it, "You never know who's watching you."

Film

'Knuckleball': Baseball, Metaphors, and Mythologies

As baseball season gets underway, 'Knuckleball' considers the poetry, the puzzle, and the many appeals of this most elusive pitch.

Music

Lilacs & Champagne Announce New Album

Danish and Blue, the sophomore album from Grails spin-off band Lilacs & Champagne, will be released via Mexican Summer on 4/23.

Film

'The Gatekeepers': Oscar-Nominated Documentary Opens 2/1

The Occupation means that decisions on the ground, when soldiers are "knocking on doors" of suspects and families, are left to boys who may have just left high school.

Culture

'Independent Lens: The Revisionaries': Skeptics and Believers in Texas

Scott Thurman's documentary charts the work of the Texas State Board of Education, as it insists that science classes in Texas teach intelligent design, given that evolution is just a "theory."

Film

'Only the Young': Kids Find Themselves

The film is a collaboration as much as it is a revelation, and in that, it pushes the edges of documentary and fiction, articulating both realities and fantasies, feelings and fears.

Film

'Five Broken Cameras': Oscar-Nominated Documentary

The family's experiences overlap with the community's over the years, and the titular series of cameras serves as a useful metaphor for the time passing and the hopes dashed, as well as continuing efforts to resist Israeli incursions.

Film

'The Imposter': Lies and Losses

The movie asks what truth might be, how performance and deception structure daily life, how memories are made, and how identities change -- constantly.

Film

'The Loving Story': Why Laws Change

The Loving Story's archival images grant the documentary an unusual sort of intimacy, even as it recalls a remarkable historical event.

Film

'Tchoupitoulas': A Timeless Night in New Orleans

Tchoupitoulas posits time and space as internal experience, rethinking documentary parameters, embracing subjectivity and uncertainty.

Film

'Walk Away Renée': Another Chapter in Jonathan Caouette's Autobiographical Saga

Walk Away Renée reimagines place -- as a material location, a brief point in a story, and a subjective state. While there may be no doubt that this new and ever-shifting place exists, the film also leaves open how it has come to be.

Film

Achingly Beautiful: 'The Miners' Hymns' Now on DVD

The Miners' Hymns shows what happened then, or what was recorded, that is, how men worked. It also asks how any of us might see it. If mining is about digging and producing, struggling and surviving, the film is about how we conceive these themes.

Film

Wonderful Doc 'Kati with an I' on DVD

Now available on DVD, the film achieves a rare and wonderful balance, its undulating rhythms emulating those of the young lives it depicts.

Film

'Brothers on the Line' at Stranger Than Fiction on 16 October

The film pulls together an incredible collection of photographs and film footage, indicating the difficulties of the time and place, and also the remarkable fortitude of the organized protestors.

Film

'Follow the Leader' at the Paley Center DocFest 16 October

Over three years, Jonathan Goodman Levitt's beguiling documentary reveals, all three undergo changes, some more drastic than others.

Film

Superb 'Photographic Memory' Opens in NYC in October

The process of memory is also forgetting. It affects collective and individual identities, it determines and undoes history, it creates cultures.

Film

'Cuba, An African Odyssey' at Maysles Cinema 15 October

In illuminating Cuba's efforts in Africa, the documentary underlines some little known complications and also helps to unravel some lingering myths.

Film

Wonderful 'Herb & Dorothy' at Stranger Than Fiction 9 October

Herb and Dorothy Vigel's love of art, says Richard Tuttle, "goes from the eye to the soul without going through the brain."

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