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DVD/Stream of the Week: recent Oscar winners for Best Documentary

This being the week that the Oscar nominations are released, here’s your chance to see three recent Oscar winning movies. Each was recognized as the year’s best documentary, and each is completely engrossing. Amy is the heart-felt, engaging and innovative … Continue reading

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THE FINAL YEAR: a most wistful documentary

In the documentary The Final Year, we get to peek inside the last year of the Obama foreign policy.  Director Greg Barker’s cameras go behind the scenes to follow Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power and Deputy National … Continue reading

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BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY: the world’s most beautiful woman and her secrets

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is the riveting biopic of a glamorous movie star who invented and patented the precursor to wireless technology; that’s amazing enough, but Bombshell delves deeply into how Lamarr’s stunning face, her Jewish heritage, and mid-century … Continue reading

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Paul Manafort ripped from the headlines in GET ME ROGER STONE

So this week’s biggest news has been the indictment of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort.  The indictment comes out of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe of the Russian hacking of last year’s presidential campaign.   Earlier this year, Netflix released … Continue reading

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DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME: eat your broccoli

When there’s a movie that is supposed to be good for you, but you really don’t enjoy it, I call it an “eat your broccoli” movie, and the documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time is an example. An estimated 75% of … Continue reading

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THE VIETNAM WAR: must see for everyone (and available through Sunday)

The new PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War, is one of the best documentaries of the century and a superb history lesson, crucial to understand the America of today.  It’s a Must See for Baby … Continue reading

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coming up on TV: rock concerts in their time

On September 21, Turner Classic Movies presents five movies with some of the most unforgettable rock concert footage: Monterey Pop (1968):  This is one of the few DVDs that I still own, for the performances by Mamas and the Papas, … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: STORIES WE TELL – when life surprises…and how we explain it

Stories We Tell is the third film from brilliant Canadian director Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Take This Waltz), a documentary in which she interviews members of her own family about her mother, who died when Sarah was 11. It … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: OBIT – it’s really not about death

The one absolutely essential requisite for a fine documentary film is a fascinating subject, and Obit proves that an insightful filmmaker can find the fascination in the most unlikely place.  It’s about the writing of New York Times obituaries.  Director … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: UNDEFEATED – an Oscar winner you haven’t seen

With football season (finally) approaching, it’s time for a Feel Good, Oscar-winning story set on the gridiron. The extraordinary documentary Undefeated begins with a high school football coach addressing his team: Let’s see now. Starting right guard shot and no … Continue reading

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