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Review: Maiden

Every three years since 1973, there’s a worldwide yacht race. Now known as the Volvo Ocean Race, it was originally called the Whitbread Round the World Race. The grueling ordeal takes about nine months to complete, divided into multip...

 
 
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See 5B early and free

5B seems like a very interesting documentary. It's about the nurses who first cared for AIDS patients in the 80s when the epidemic was its height. That's a big, brave thing to do considering the misinformation that abounded about the d...

 
 
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Review: Free Trip To Egypt

Canadian-born Muslim Tarek Mounib had lived most of his life with a cultural double-identity. One day, he suddenly had the idea to offer any willing participants in the US a free trip to Egypt and to film the experience, aiming to help ...

 
 
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Armstrong gives us a glimpse at the man behind the legend

We all know that famed astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon. We also know his famous words, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Now we'll get a better understanding of what the man behind the...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: After Parkland

The power of documentaries, in my opinion, is the ability to provide audiences with an honest examination of a topic. Sometimes viewers may be aware of the subject matter being discussed in a documentary, but most of the time viewers are ab...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Film is a visual medium, yet if you remove or tweak the sound elements, the film seems less cinematic. Think about 2001: A Space Odyssey without the classical music cues, or a different T-Rex roar in Jurassic Park, or if the ambient sound i...

 
 
 
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Tribeca Review: Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

The 24-hour news cycle is ubiquitous yet ephemeral. Cable news networks have so much time to fill, but apart from select shows, the broadcasts are typically aired and forgotten, the footage rarely saved for posterity. That’s what make...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Trip of Compassion

I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to attend a select theatrical screening of the Israeli film Trip of Compassion, both from a psychological point of view and as a critic attempting to make objective sense of the deep humanitaria...

 
 
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Review: Screwball

America’s national pastime was in a tight spot in the late nineties. Coming off a strike during the 1994-95 season, attendance and viewership were low and Major League Baseball was concerned. Then, like a couple of caped avengers swoo...

 
 
 
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SXSW Review: The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s impact on music is undeniable. With his stern voice and lyrics reflecting blue-collar life, Cash found a way to blend folk into country, country into pop, and pop into rock. The man felt as comfortable singing in&nb...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Tread

The 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, a one-time actor of some repute, died on June 5, 2004. Not surprisingly, the event dominated the news cycle for some days afterward. It also cut short a story that out of Granby, ...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Mr. Jimmy

At some point in our lives, we’ve aspired to be our heroes. I can’t tell you how many times while playing backyard baseball I’d turn my hat backward and take a long, swooping swing a la Ken Griffey Jr. But no matter how ma...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Red Dog

Some people’s mothers are made for TV, might be the takeaway from Casey Pinkston and Luke Dick’s docu-dramedy Red Dog. Much like the infamous Twitter feed-turned-books-turned-Shatner-sitcom Shit My Dad Says proved...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Museum Town

There’s a moment when you first see a work of art that you consider the individual behind it: how did they even conceive of this project, let alone execute it? What was their inspiration? What was their thought process, by Jove! Somet...

 
 
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Review: Who Let the Dogs Out

Who Let the Dogs Out is an hour-long documentary, and yet it feels just as powerful as any longer counterpart. Well, powerful isn't the right word. There's nothing powerful about one man's obsessive dive into the history of one-hit-won...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The River and the Wall

I’ve spoken highly of all the films I’ve been fortunate enough to see over the course of the last five days at SXSW, and The River and the Wall was definitely among them. It has -- repeat, has -- to be seen on the big scre...

 
 
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SXSW Review: For Sama

For Sama is the story of the Syrian uprising and civil war, told through the point of view of Waad al Kateab. Her motivation for making the film is her daughter, Sama — a beautiful wide-eyed girl who has been born at such a tumultuo...

 
 
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Review: Woodsrider

Woodsrider, a documentary from Uncork’d Entertainment bills itself as a “season of adventure and self-discovery.” This is true, in so far as I, through the self-discovery of watching have learned to another degree, more or...

 
 
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SXSW Review: I Love You, Now Die

“If I talk about it, it gets better” That’s what Conrad Roy III said about his social anxiety. Speaking to his computer in a self-prescribed therapy session, Roy laid his feelings bare. At the age of 18, he had deep suicid...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The Hottest August

I was in the wrong damn theater. Despite having checked with the SXSW volunteer at the door I was in the wrong theater. The realization hit me the moment they started introducing the film. Dramatic and powerful didn't sound like words you'd...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Salvage

Filmed over the course of nine years in Yellow Knife, Canada, Salvage is a straight forward presentation of a difficult documentary, which is something, considering its runtime is under an hour. Director Amy Elliott was motivated ...

 
 
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The 2018 Golden Cages: Best Documentary

Welcome one and all to Flixist's new end of the year awards program, the Golden Cages! With Hollywood becoming increasingly out of touch with what the people like, we at Flixist have taken it upon ourselves to deliver the fair, balance...

 
 
 
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Review: Capernaum

Capernaum made me think that we’re so privileged in the West: there are so many cultures in the world that haven’t had the safety and security -- on a national, local and personal level -- that many of us have experienced. ...

 
 
 
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The one with Sian's best films of 2018

Undoubtedly there have been a whole host of brilliant films in 2018 - and several completely terrible ones which I wish I could scratch out of my memory forever yet continue to haunt my dreams. I'm looking at you, Wonder Wheel (more li...

 
 
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Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

Coinciding with the centenary of the Great War, I think it’s safe to say that this documentary is a once in a lifetime achievement, and Peter Jackson does not disappoint. The result of hundreds of hours of research in conjunction wi...

 
 
 
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Review: Free Solo

It’s been a great year for climbing films. Where The Dawn Wall left off, with climbing megastars Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson free climbing the previously unclimbed route of El Capitan in Yosemite, Free Solo c...

 
 
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Bill Coors: The Will to Live hits theaters in October

"One Man's Historical, 102 Year Journey and a Legacy of Mental Health" The incredible true story of Bill Coors the Coors Brewery titan comes to life in the new documentary, Bill Coors: The Will To Live. After recently celebrating his incre...

 
 
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Review: A Whale of a Tale

If I didn't have a strong view of whales before, I do now. A Whale of a Tale is a documentary feature representing the controversy surrounding Japanese whaling traditions in the small, rural town of Taiji, and it gave me a lot of confl...

 
 
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LeBron James lands new docu-series with Showtime

LeBron James is a generational talent, one that portends heated Twitter debates revolving around The Greatest of All Time. There's no denying his skill and talent, and he's been consistently great since the early stages of his career. Now a...

 
 
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Review: Rock Rubber 45s

“Entrepreneur” only begins to describe the life and career of Robert “Bobbito” Garcia. At 50 years old, he’s experienced stints at jobs that people strive for most of their working lives. His life and work ex...

 
 
 
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Review: Generation Wealth

I watch maybe one documentary a year. Most often the only ones that grip me are explorations of extreme people. Films like Finders Keepers and Shut up Little Man are standouts, showing just how strange and repulsive human behavior can be. T...

 
 
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LeBron James takes on the NCAA in upcoming documentary

One of the world’s biggest athletes just got done carrying his team into the NBA finals for his eighth (8!) straight finals appearance against one of the most dominant teams in the long history of the NBA. With the season at an end, L...

 
 




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Stuber"The Lyft of buddy cop Uber movies "

 

Crawl"Small spaces"

 

The Farewell"Sad, funny, but most importantly honest"

 

The Lion King"Play it again, Simba"

 

Darlin'"Feral and tender"

 

Midsommar"Sumer is Icumen in"

 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 Episode 7 - "Toldja""Everyone is here (and lacking common sense)!"

 

Ophelia"Hamlet 2.0"

 

Maiden"Girls to the front, go rock the boat"

 

Yesterday"Nowhere man"

 

Spider-Man: Far from Home"EuroTrip except with superhero violence instead of sex"

 

The Third Wife"Fate has the upper hand."

 

Toy Story 4"An existential nightmare (for kids!)"

 

Jessica Jones Season 3"What is your truth?"

 

Men in Black: "Oh, they have crap overseas too!"

 

The Dead Don't Die"Shambling wreck or full of brains?"

 

Shaft"Shut cho mouth!"

 

Diamantino"Ignorance is bliss"

 

The Fall of the American Empire"Big ideas, bad ideas, muddled ideas"

 

The Secret Life of Pets 2"A move with the attention spa... SQUIRREL!"

 
 
 
 
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