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Last updated June 24, 2017

The Whale Poster

The Whale

2011 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, this documentary introduces Luna, a killer whale who befriends a community living off Vancouver Island. Conflicted emotions rise to the surface as officials try to determine what's best for the extraordinary animal.
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Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

2012 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

This documentary follows six teenagers who formed a skateboarding team in the 1980s, revitalizing the sport and becoming its top athletes: Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Rodney Mullen.
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Art of Flight

2011 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Filmmaker Curt Morgan captures iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends as they travel to far-flung locales and battle extreme conditions in search of the perfect environment to try out outrageous new tricks.
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Blackfish

2013 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum -- who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity -- and questions the safety and humaneness of confining these intelligent creatures.
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Burzynski

2010 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

This true story follows a biochemist who challenged the Food and Drug Administration for his right to begin clinical trials on a new cancer treatment. In addition to recounting Burzynski's astonishing legal victories in the face of skepticism, this documentary also examines several of his patients and their success in fighting terminal cancer.
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Miss Representation

2011 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Explore how the media's often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of power, creating another generation of women defined by beauty and sexuality, and not by their capacity as leaders.
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Senna

2010 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

This fast-paced documentary profiles Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One racing, and a hero in his native Brazil. Using archival footage, director Asif Kapadia examines the idealistic Senna's inspiring legend.
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The Fab Five

2011 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Profiling the University of Michigan's infamous "Fab Five," who made headlines -- and stirred controversy -- when they changed the climate of college basketball, this ESPN documentary gives four of the five players the chance to speak for themselves.
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Elon Musk: Bloomberg Risk Takers

2011 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Born and raised in South Africa, entrepreneur Elon Musk is the driving force behind SpaceX, a private company exploring commercial space travel. Musk also co-founded PayPal and Tesla Motors -- all before the age of 40.
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Marley

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Featuring dozens of interviews, electrifying concert performances and rare footage, this documentary explores the music, life and legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley, from his birth in 1945 to his death from cancer at age 36.
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Benji

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

This gripping documentary tells the story of Ben Wilson, a good-natured and beloved teenage basketball phenom from Chicago's South Side whose life was tragically cut short by violence in November 1984.
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American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night Poster

American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

As host of "The Tonight Show" for 30 years, Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Explore Carson's life and career, as well as the history of his beloved television program.
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Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview Poster

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

In a television interview filmed in 1995 and believed to be lost, the charismatic Steve Jobs talks frankly about his early life, battles with Apple CEO John Sculley, competition with Microsoft and his vision for the future.
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A Band Called Death

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Blending a larger-than-life family story and a rock documentary, this film follows David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney, three teenage brothers from Detroit who founded the band Death, commonly regarded as the first black punk group, in the early 1970s.
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30 for 30: You Don't Know Bo Poster

30 for 30: You Don't Know Bo

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

A close look at two-sport athlete Bo Jackson and the creation of a legend. Even without winning a Super Bowl or World Series, Bo will forever be known as a cultural icon and one of the most famous athletes of all time.
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Bridegroom

2013 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Helmed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, this illuminating documentary chronicles the story of Shane Bitney Crone, who finds himself shut out and deprived of the legal protections of marriage after his same-sex partner dies in a tragic accident.
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Ken Burns: The Civil War

1990 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This documentary masterpiece from Ken Burns depicts the strategies and action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of generals, field soldiers, politicians, heroes and a beleaguered president. The Emmy-winning miniseries begins by looking at the factors that led to the firing on Fort Sumter, and covers specific notable battles, climaxing with Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender and Pres. Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
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National Geographic: Arlington: Field of Honor Poster

National Geographic: Arlington: Field of Honor

2005 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

There's no other stretch of grassland more renowned than Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery, home to the remains of those who served in the military, most notably the Unknown Soldier and beloved U.S. president John F. Kennedy. This heartfelt documentary looks at the cemetery's history through interviews with men and women who've been privy to solemn events held there, as well as rare archival footage and tales passed down through the years.
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Ken Burns: The War

2007 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick bring the harrowing history of World War II to life through the personal accounts of a handful of participants from four "typical" American towns -- proving nothing was typical during this terrible time. Historical footage and photographs combine with realistic sound effects to create visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more in this seven-part PBS presentation.
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The Gerson Miracle

2004 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Sharing the stories of nine longtime cancer survivors, this program explores the principles and effectiveness of Gerson Therapy, a holistic method of treating cancer and other degenerative diseases developed by Dr. Max Gerson in 1928. Gerson's daughter, Charlotte -- founder of the Gerson Institute -- also discusses her fight to keep the controversial therapy going despite objections from those who question its effectiveness.
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30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks Poster

30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This documentary explores how NBA legend Reggie Miller became an enemy to New York Knicks fans, especially after scoring eight points in 8.9 seconds at the end of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals to claim the victory for his Indiana Pacers.
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30 for 30: The Two Escobars Poster

30 for 30: The Two Escobars

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Discover the surprising parallels between star athlete Andres Escobar and international drug kingpin Pablo Escobar -- two renowned Colombians who loved the sport of soccer, achieved incredible levels of success and suffered brutally violent deaths.
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Bill Cunningham New York

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Living simply and using a bicycle to get around New York, 80-year-old photographer Bill Cunningham tirelessly records what people are wearing in the city -- both out on the sidewalk and in the salons of the wealthy.
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Chosin

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Some 60 years after the Korean War, U.S. veterans share their experiences on the front lines of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign, a battle in which 15,000 American soldiers fought against insurmountable odds in sub-zero temperatures behind enemy lines.
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I Am Poster

I Am

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

In this contemplative documentary, filmmaker Tom Shadyac conducts in-depth interviews with prominent philosophers and spiritual leaders -- including Archbishop Desmond Tutu -- about what ails the world and how to improve it.
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