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Entries Tagged as 'Documentary'

Deliver Us From Evil

April 25th, 2010 · No Comments

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Exit Through the Gift Shop

April 21st, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Capsule · Comedy · Documentary

The Beaches of Agnès

April 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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Tags: Biographical · Director · Documentary · Foreign Language · Rating

Paper Heart

April 7th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Comedy · Documentary · Rating · Romance

The September Issue

April 6th, 2010 · No Comments

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Trouble the Water

January 25th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tyson

January 25th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Documentary · Sport

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

January 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

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Of Time and the City

January 1st, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Comedy · Documentary · Drama · Rating

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

September 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Marina Zenovich’s documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, explores the circumstances and aftermath of the the 1977 criminal case against the lauded director which notoriously led to his fleeing the U.S. never to return. Polanski was essentially charged with the statutory rape of a 13-year-0ld girl whom he had been hired to photograph for a [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Documentary

The Garden

August 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The subject of Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s second documentary, The Garden, has all the elements of a juicy story: righteous class struggle; feckless, if not crooked, politicians; the changeable and uncertain application of the law by various courts; capitalism as the universal nurturer of self-interest, and even the occasional celebrity cameo. Thankfully, Kennedy has leveraged all [...]

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

The conspiratorial story of the seemingly cannibalistic demise General Motor’s EV1 and a handful of other cars that you’ve never heard of (despite their having been manufactured within the last decade) is taylor-made for a compelling documentary. What a shame, then, that this documentary isn’t more compelling. Nonetheless, the story is so important, and the [...]

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Waltz with Bashir

June 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Filmmaker Ari Folman had difficultly getting financing for Waltz with Bashir, in part because no one would embrace the idea of making an animated documentary. Although animation has grown far outside the confines of the children’s “cartoon,” apparently Folman’s idea of an animated memoir, exploring his mental block surrounding his military service during the Israeli [...]

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Tags: Animation · Documentary · Drama · Foreign Language · Review · War

Accidental Army: The Amazing True Story of the Czechoslovak Legion

June 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve never been a great student of military history. In fact, if you asked me to explain who was fighting whom in World War I, I would inevitably get it wrong. I just looked at the Wikipedia page to get my bearings, and after the second paragraph, my brain just begins to fog up. I [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Documentary · War

Burden of Dreams

May 29th, 2009 · No Comments

The Criterion Collection has set the bar so high regarding expected supplements in its DVD releases that Les Blank’s 1982 documentary, Burden of Dreams, about the making of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, seems a bit like an orphan unfit to inhabit its own spine on the collection’s formidable shelf. That’s not to say that the film [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Capsule · Documentary