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Film Review: Best of Enemies (★★★★)

Witness the birth of the modern news media in one of the year's best docs


Historical Circuit: The Times of Harvey Milk (★★★)

Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 1985 Academy Awards, Rob Epstein’s The Times of Harvey Milk was recently made available through Fandor as part of...


Film Review: The Look of Silence (★★★)

Though it might not be of particularly strong interest to anyone who hasn’t seen director Joshua Oppenheimer‘s award winning and Academy Award nominated prior...


Film Review: I Am Chris Farley (★★★)

Between the death of Robin Williams and the release of this year’s documentary regarding the juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy, Misery Loves Comedy, this year,...


Film Review: Stray Dog (★★★)

After the fairly substantial and at least partially unexpected success of Winter’s Bone a few years ago (including a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards), I...

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Film Review: Hot Girls Wanted (★★)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a pretty young girl, fresh out of high school, emerges from a bus stop in a big, glamourous city with dreams of stardom and easy...


INTERVIEW: Kevin Pollak talks Directing and ‘Misery Loves Comedy’

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Earlier in the week at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Awards Circuit was invited to take part in an intimate roundtable with actor, comedian, and...


Film Review: Live from New York! (★★★½)

2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has become an institution of American television.  One line that rings profoundly true in Bao Nguyen’s...


Film Review: Seymour: An Introduction (★★★)

More often than not, documentaries tend to be heavy material, so whenever a lighter doc comes along that manages to also be high quality, you want to really celebrate...


Film Review: The Hunting Ground (★★★½)

Much like he did with the Academy Award nominated The Invisible War, documentarian Kirby Dick shines a light on an outraging subject in The Hunting Ground. Here,...


Film Review: We Are the Giant (★★½)

Greg Barker's doc offers inspiring tales from the Arab Spring, but the bigger picture is cloudy


2015 Oscar Circuit: Best Documentary Feature

Our annual look at the individual Oscar categories.  If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2015.  You can also see the official Oscar...

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Film Review: Dinosaur 13 (★★★½)

In 1990 palaeontologist Pete Larson and his team excavated the 13th T-Rex skeleton discovered so far. It was the largest and most complete specimen yet. Todd Douglas...


Film Review: Ivory Tower (★1/2)

Is college worth the cost? Seriously, I’m asking for a friend. “Is college worth the cost?” is the semi-subtitle of Andrew Rossi’s padded and uneven documentary,...


Film Review: We Are the Giant (★★★)

Practically every nation has been forged in the fires of revolution. It’s been said that “the revolution will be televised,” and with the rise of...

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Film Review: Citizenfour (★★★½)

Pretty much every single year without fail, a documentary comes along that just seems to really galvanize the pundits and more or less take over the Best Documentary...


Film Review: Harmontown (★★★½)

You may have to already be invested in Dan Harmon before approaching his documentary Harmontown. I discovered his NBC show Community during the season 3 hiatus and fell...

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Free To Play (★★★½)

  Video game producer Valve Corporation’s Free To Play is an essential film for documentary lovers and video game enthusiasts. At a light 75 minute running time,...

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Art and Craft (★★½)

"Art and Craft" and its subject, Mark Landis, nail the speak softly part, but the big stick fails to materialize in this pleasant but inconsequential doc

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (★★★★)

  On January 11th 2013 Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who was facing a maximum of 50 years jail time and $1 million fine for the crime of illegally downloading...


To Be Takei (★★★)

Depending on who you are and likely how old you are, George Takei is representative of something very different in your life. To some, he’s merely a former Star...


Deepsea Challenge 3D (★★½)

One of the more undeniably immersive documentaries of this sort to hit theaters in some time (partially due to the use of 3D, I’ll admit to that), Deepsea...


A Talk about the Power of Music in ‘Alive Inside’

A documentary that manages to be a crowd pleaser while also educating, Alive Inside is a unique little thing. It’s also pretty important and perhaps even a vital...


Life Itself (★★★★)

Roger Ebert meant so much to the entire film community and when it was announced that there would be a documentary about his life and struggle after cancer, nearly every...

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Meet the Patels (★★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: There will be no funnier or more endearing documentary this year than Meet the Patels.  Ravi and Geeta Patel are brother and sister...