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    Tribeca Fest Review: 'Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story' Takes Us Back to 1960s South

    “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” is a tragic tale about a black Mississippian who lost his life after television gave him 15 minutes of fame. The doc is also a micro-history of the dark days of the segregationist South, as seen through the life and death of a man who’s described as an accidenta...

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    SFIFF Review: Peter Nicks' Doc 'The Waiting Room'

    "The Waiting Room" is edited to give the range of emotions observed and experienced in that space, and that range is vast. This is documentary as distilled observation. It’s also as strong an argument for universal health care that I’ve seen in years.

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    Tribeca Review: Upsetting, Eye-Opening 'The Revisionists' Draws Pivotal Line In The Sand In Regard To Education

    Where to start when discussing something like "The Revisionaries," a film that's really only controversial if you feel the idea to provide an idiot with a pulpit to preach from is a good one? The doc follows the fifteen-person Texas Board Of Education, an organization dedicated to reforming the stat...

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    Review: 'Ballroom Dancer' A Fascinating Dance Doc About The Quest For Perfection & Recapturing Past Glory

    “Ballroom Dancer” begins with black-and-white footage of dancer Slavik Kryklyvyy in 2000, on top of the world and dominating the World Latin Dance Championships. Kryklyvyy is lithe and seductive at the age of 24, slicing through routines with his equally skilled partner and lover Joanna ...

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    Chimpanzee—movie review

    The fourth annual entry in the Disney Nature series that began with 'Earth', 'Chimpanzee' once again takes a low-key, family-friendly approach to its subject and applies what can only be described as “the Disney touch” to already-compelling real-life footage.

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    Tribeca 2012 Highlights: Documentary "Broke" Looks at Pro Athletes Who Squander Their Earnings

    From ESPN Films comes a feature-length documentary that aims to provide insight into why 60 percent of NBA players and 78 percent of NFL players run out of funds within five years of retirement - aptly titled Broke.

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    More Advanced Screening Dates for Laurens Grant's "Jesse Owens" Documentary (NYC)

    Here are a few more chances to see Laurens Grant's acclaimed documentary on 1936 Olympic champion Jesse Owens on the big screen, ahead of its PBS premiere.

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    Review: Disneynature's 'Chimpanzee' Would Be Genuinely Amazing If Tim Allen Just Shut The Hell Up

    The opening moments of Disneynature’s “Chimpanzee” are genuinely jaw dropping – an emerald green jungle, more lush and 3D than the otherworldly forests of Pandora, fans out across the screen, and we’re introduced to a young male chimpanzee, named Oscar, as intricate and bewildering as any CGI creati...

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    Special Screening of "Slavery By Another Name" Tonight in NYC (Sam Pollard in Person)

    In case you missed its PBS run back in February, Sam Pollard's historical documentary Slavery By Another Name will screen tonight at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (CJS) in New York.

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    10 Things Michael Moore Wants You to Know About the Academy's New Documentary Rules

    10 Things Michael Moore Wants You to Know About the Academy's New Documentary Rules

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