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Last updated February 05, 2023

Pianomania Poster


2009 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This engaging documentary profiles Stefan Knüpfer, the master tuner for Steinway & Sons, who is tasked with the often-demanding job of pairing world-famous pianists with the right instrument and supervising all aspects of each piano's performance.
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2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Documentarian Janus Metz Pedersen hunkers down with a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month Afghan tour of duty, and his exceptional access yields a field-level view of the boredom, adrenaline and confusion that comprise their daily routine. Shot in assorted digital formats on cameras at times fixed to soldiers' helmets, the film records the recruits on patrol and at rest and witnesses their transformation when finally called to combat.
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L'Amour Fou

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Yves Saint-Laurent -- synonymous with Le Smoking suit, the safari jacket and Studio 54 -- met Pierre Bergé in 1958. This intimate documentary pays tribute to their love affair, business partnership and extraordinary 50-year friendship.
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Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Jean-Paul Jaud's documentary visits a village in France where the mayor has mandated an all-organic menu for the lunch program in the local school. Farmers, parents, kids and health care advocates discuss the impact of the decision.
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2008 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

This documentary follows the Dalai Lama through a full day, from 3 a.m. until he retires at sunset. The popular spiritual figure informally discusses his beliefs regarding the universe and the proper role of religion in contemporary society.
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Plastic Planet

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

This documentary examines the ways in which plastic saturates our modern lives, and how our dependency on this petroleum product harms ourselves and our planet. See how plastic's toxic chemicals enter the food chain and other disturbing secrets.
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Tell Me and I Will Forget

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Justin Salerian follows South African paramedics from Pretoria and Johannesburg who face a surge of violent crime and historic social change 15 years since the end of its oppressive Apartheid era.
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Looking for Fidel

2006 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In a follow-up to his controversial documentary, Comandante, filmmaker Oliver Stone interviews Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, challenging him to explain the Communist state's crackdown on political dissidents -- actions which were condemned worldwide.
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The Mexican Suitcase

2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

This film tells the story of the recovery of 4,500 negatives taken by photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour during the Spanish Civil War. The film follows the journey of these negatives to Mexico and their recovery 70 years later.
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The Queen and I

2008 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Nahid Persson Sarvestani's thought-provoking documentary about her friendship with Queen Farah, the Shah of Iran's wife, demonstrates how even those at odds can find middle ground and understanding as the conversation becomes political and personal.
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To the Limit Poster

To the Limit

2007 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Written and directed by Pepe Danquart, this gripping documentary follows the adrenaline-spiked sport of speed rock climbing, as German überclimbers Thomas and Alexander Huber attempt to set a record scaling Yosemite's legendary El Capitan.
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El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Filmed over the course of one year, this appetizing documentary about the creation of Michelin-rated three-star cuisine shadows world-renowned chef Ferran Adrià as he plans and perfects a new menu from the privacy of his Barcelona cooking lab.
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Pina Poster


2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Wim Wenders directs to arresting effect in this performance documentary about Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal dance company. Performing alfresco in Wuppertal, Germany, the troupe's pieces include "The Rite of Spring."
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Circo Poster


2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Mexican ringmaster Tino struggles to operate his family's long-running traveling circus in the midst of an economic downturn, while coping with the demands of his fed-up wife and four talented young children in this fascinating documentary.
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2007 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Globe-trotting Slovakian filmmaker Pavol Barabas explores Earth's biggest tropical island, New Guinea, in this breathtaking tour of a culture wholly unfamiliar with modern civilization and with no previous contact with white people. Along the way, Barabas finds people living high in trees under conditions roughly similar to those of the Stone Age. The film won the Culture Prize at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival.
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Big Boys Gone Bananas!* Poster

Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

This fascinating documentary follows the battle between a couple of Swedish filmmakers and the Dole Food Company, which conducted a legal and publicity campaign against them to prevent the showing of their film about a lawsuit against the company.
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Life After Django Reinhardt

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Born to Gypsy parents in 1910, musical genius Django Reinhardt is considered by many to be the single most important guitarist in the history of jazz. To honor the legend, a hundred of his disciples gathered for the Django 100 Centennial Tour.
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Chevolution Poster


2008 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

This intriguing documentary charts the history of photographer Alberto Korda's iconic portrait of Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, from the moment the picture was taken to its spread as an international symbol of rebellion.
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ESPN: J.C. Chavez

2007 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Directed by actor Diego Luna (Y Tu Mamá También, The Terminal), this fascinating documentary chronicles the life and times of the legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, one of the most celebrated fighters of all time. With a career that saw him defeat a collection of world champions, including Hector "Macho" Camacho, Jose Luis Ramirez and several others, Chavez finished his reign boasting 108 wins out of 116 fights, 87 of which were won by KO.
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Safari Encyclopedia

2011 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Presenting information in an especially kid-friendly format, this documentary spotlights the characteristics and behaviors of zebras, lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards and other animal species that roam the wilds of Africa.
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Last Train Home

2009 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Documentarian Lixin Fan follows a couple who, like 130 million other Chinese peasants, left their rural village for work in the city, leaving their children to be raised by grandparents, returning only once a year on an arduous 1,000-mile journey.
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Amazonia Vertical Poster

Amazonia Vertical

2005 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Deep in the Amazon lives Auyan Tepui -- known to locals as the "Mount of the God of Evil." After becoming the first person to completely traverse the enormous table mountain, climber Slovak Becko Ondrejovic returns for more. But this time, he brings his friends along to experience this full immersion into nature. This Slovakian documentary features breathtaking vistas of a world virtually untouched by modernity.
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Ride & Fly

2012 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

With skis on their feet and parachutes strapped to their backs, three fearless athletes chase the ultimate adrenaline fix with speed riding, a hybrid sport that sends them alternately skiing and paragliding down snowy alpine slopes.
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21 Up South Africa: Mandela's Children

2006 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

The concept of the Up Series -- documentaries that revisit a group of children every seven years -- is brought to post-apartheid South Africa. Here, filmmaker Angus Gibson interviews 11 young people of various races and backgrounds as they turn 21.
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How to Make a Book with Steidl

2010 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

This engrossing documentary follows renowned German art-book publisher and quirky perfectionist Gerhard Steidl as he works with Günter Grass and other distinguished clients to produce gorgeous, hand-produced editions of their works.
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