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Last updated September 29, 2022

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How to Die in Oregon

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Peter Richardson's award-winning documentary takes you into the lives of terminally ill men and women as they consider availing themselves of physician-assisted suicide, which is legal in Oregon under the state's 1994 Death with Dignity Act.
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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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30 for 30: Four Days in October

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Baseball's signature failure myth -- the Boston Red Sox's struggles against the New York Yankees -- ended in dramatic style when the Sox rallied from a three-game deficit to defeat their archrivals in the 2004 American League Championship Series.
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Wild Horse Wild Ride

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

An annual contest challenges 100 people across the United States to tame a wild mustang in 100 days. Following this dangerous and harrowing feat is a public showcase that determines whether these horses can be saved from a life in captivity.
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Forks Over Knives

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Focusing on research by two food scientists, this documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of animal-based and modern processed foods have led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
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Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This TV miniseries chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains -- followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s -- nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
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65_RedRoses

2009 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This intimate journey takes an unflinching look into the life of Eva Markvoort, a spirited young woman suffering from cystic fibrosis. Turning to the Internet for support, Eva forms a strong bond with two other girls also battling the disease.
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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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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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Forks Over Knives - The Extended Interviews

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This companion to the acclaimed documentary about veganism includes never-before-seen footage of expert interviews, covering several themes in greater depth and addressing important issues that weren't touched on in the film.
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Ken Burns: The War

2007 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

A seven-part series brings World War II to life through the harrowing personal accounts of a handful of soldiers and others from "typical" American towns, recreating visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more.
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Beyond the Myth

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Unfairly known as violent killers, pit bulls have suffered from the stigma of negative media coverage that has lead to citywide bans across the country. This documentary strips away the preconceptions to show the loving companions these dogs can be.
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Hungry For Change

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This documentary exposes secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don't want consumers to know about: deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what's keeping people from having the body and health they want.
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Chasing Ice

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a record of the world's changing glaciers, compressing years into seconds to illustrate how these ice mountains are disappearing at a breathtaking rate.
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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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30 for 30: Unguarded

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This unflinching documentary chronicles the turbulent life of Chris Herren, a young NBA star whose profound drug addiction wrecked his basketball career. Now sober, Herren shares his cautionary tale at high schools, rehab centers and other venues.
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Somewhere Between

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Questions of race, identity and heritage are explored through the lives of young American women growing up as adoptees from China. These four distinct individuals reflect on their experiences as members of transracial families.
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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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Zeitgeist: Addendum

2008 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Continuing the discussion from Zeitgeist: The Movie about the controversial links between religion and the financial markets, this documentary explores the causes of social corruption and puts forth a solution based on human alignment with nature.
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First Position

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Follow dancers training for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions. The stakes are high: their performances will determine the success or failure of their dreams.
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Beauty Is Embarrassing

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Get to know Wayne White, one of America's most unusual and arresting artists, with this snappy documentary that traces the ups and downs of his career. The jovial White discusses his art, strums the banjo, plays with puppets and simply enjoys life.
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Burn

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Meet the firefighters of Detroit, who battle the nation's highest arson rate in a bid to save their once-thriving city from virtual collapse. At the helm is commissioner Donald Austin, whose firebrand attitude has galvanized the city and its leaders.
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This delectable documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies. Ono is also a father, whose sons struggle to live up to his legacy and make their own marks.
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Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey Poster

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This documentary presents the musical saga of Arnel Pineda, who goes from singing in Manila nightclubs to fronting the legendary rock band Journey. Brought into the group just before a world tour, Arnel must sell himself to Journey's many fans.
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30 for 30: Once Brothers

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were teammates on Yugoslavia's national basketball team before they found success in the NBA. After 1991, however, the two athletes turned blood enemies when their country dissolved into civil war.
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