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    Review: 'Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie' Charts the Rise and Fall of One of TV's Most Controversial Figures

    When he was a teenager in Edison, N.J., Daniel Miller’s friends used to pile into cars and go to tapings of the incendiary “Morton Downey Jr. Show,” reporting back on developments “to our utter glee.” Miller never went himself, but he was a regular viewer of the seminal trash-TV talk show host and n...

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    Trailer Watch: Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

    The official trailer for Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Sundance hit, Blackfish, was recently released. Intense is the only way to describe it. It feels a lot like The Cove about dolphins in Japan.

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    Review: 'Free China': A Struggle For the Future of China's Soul

    Michael Perlman's new documentary "Free China: The Courage to Believe" which opens Friday in New York City for a week-long run, is a brave, upsetting, unabashedly political film that examines the dissonances between China's remarkable economic rise and its appalling human rights record. But for Per...

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    Indiewire @ Hulu Docs Celebrates Past HBO Docs

    Sundance special jury prize winner "Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer" kicks off HBO's popular Summer Docs series next week. The latest edition of Indiewire's curation of Hulu's Documentaries page takes a look back at several other popular docs that the venerable brand has produced or presented in the past...

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    SnagFilms Invites You to Try Out Their New Social Viewing Platform

    The folks at SnagFims Inc., Indiewire's parent company, have been putting in long hours in preparation for the game changing overhaul of the film streaming site, set to launch in early Summer before rolling out to mobile devices. In preparation for the big reveal, SnagFilms today announced the priva...

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    WATCH: Short BBC Documentary on the Coen Brothers

    With the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" recently charming the crowds at Cannes and winning the Grand Prize of the Jury, take a gander at this 40-minute BBC documentary on the filmmaking duo, made in 2000 during the production of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

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    HBO's Summer Documentary Series Kicks Off June 10, Includes 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,' 'Love, Marilyn' and More

    Starting June 10, HBO kicks off its summer documentary series, where ten weeks of non-fiction films air on Monday nights. Included in the program are buzzy festival titles like Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin's "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," Liz Garbus' "Love Marilyn" and Lucy Walker's "The Crash R...

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    Review: 'The Source Family' Documentary

    The allure of cults has always escaped me. Collectivism, communism, various forms of communal religious experience, even The Borg on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" not so much; since I don’t lump especially egregious forms of each in with the garden variety pejoratives often associated with cults ...

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    Watch: Riveting Trailer for Killer Whale Documentary 'Blackfish' Will Scare You Straight

    Lest you ever underestimate the capacity of killer whales to kill, the heart-stopping trailer for "Blackfish" will scare you straight. Magnolia Pictures has just released the trailer for the upcoming documentary, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, which is set to hit theaters July 19th. "Blackfish"...

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    WATCH: 'Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic' Clips

    If you like Louis CK or Chris Rock, acerbic, sharp comedians who like to dig into who we are and how we feel about each other, check out Marina Zenovich's "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic," which offers a fascinating portrait of the brilliant and troubled comic who paved the way.

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