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    Review: 'To Be Takei' Explores The Personal And Political Sides Of The 'Star Trek' Icon

    Anyone who follows George Takei on Facebook, has tuned in to his frequent appearances on “The Howard Stern Show,” or marveled at one of his amazing Amazon reviews (seriously, look them up), knows that the former “Star Trek” actor lives life with an unprecedented amount of zippy good humor, especiall...

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    Toronto Preview: Mavericks and Doc Speakers, and a New Studio Ghibli Doc

    More and more, film festivals are relying on more than film programming to lure audiences. The expansive Toronto International Film Festival is no exception. This year's Mavericks lineup of eight speakers in a Q & A format is high profile indeed. Perhaps to make up for world premiering "Wild" at Tel...

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    Watch: 11-Minute 'The Film Before The Film' About The History Of Opening Credits

    Like artful movie posters, opening title sequences have been largely cast aside by an increasingly stats-obsessed studio system that cares little for the long and storied cinematic tradition. Sure, there are a few that still practice and revere the art —hello David Fincher and Edgar Wright— but if a...

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    Review: Chris Marker's 'Level Five' Displays The Work Of A Mastermind Theorist

    Back on the big screen as part of BAM Rose Cinema's retrospective of his work, Chris Marker’s 1996 documentary “Level Five” is a staunch reminder of the singular cinematic oeuvre left behind by the filmmaker.

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    Rolling Stone Names 40 Greatest Rock Documentaries, from Dylan and The Band to 'Woodstock'

    Who better than rock mag Rolling Stone to give ace movie ranker "Sight & Sound" (which recently listed the top 50 documentaries of all time) a run for its money? Rolling Stone has ranked the 40 greatest rock documentaries (of all time, natch). What's number one?

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    'Dont Look Back' Tops Rolling Stone's Greatest Rock Docs List

    Plus: "Stop Making Sense," "Monterey Pop," "American Hardcore" and more.

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    T-Rex Doc 'Dinosaur 13' Follows in the Footsteps of Scientific Thrillers 'The Cove' and 'Blackfish'

    Todd Douglas Miller's "Dinosaur 13" is both awe-inspiring and tragic.

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    Science Chases the Impossible in Todd Miller's Moving, Provocative Doc 'Dinosaur 13' (TRAILER)

    One of the most impressive things about “Dinosaur 13," Todd Miller’s moving documentary that premiered at Sundance and hits theaters August 15 from Lionsgate, is that it makes the audience realize -- and feel -- what it means to lose something incredibly important. A spouse? No. A child? Not quite.

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    Watch: 20-Minute, 25th Anniversary Documentary About Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing'

    It’s been a quarter of a century since “Do The Right Thing,” and yet the film’s themes could not be more current, particularly in light of the events unfolding this week in Ferguson, Missouri. To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Spike Lee teamed up with Beats Music for a short documentary on t...

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    Review: Buzzy Sundance Fossil-Hunting Documentary 'Dinosaur 13'

    Ever since a name as such was coined in the early 19th century, dinosaurs have been a source of fascination. The idea of huge, monstrous creatures that ruled the planet in a time before man, remaining in the present day only in skeletal fossils, have captured the imaginations of children and adults ...

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