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Newton's Dark Secrets: Nova
rating:3.7

Newton's Dark Secrets: Nova

2005Runtime:0 minutes
While pursuing his theories on the universal law of gravitation, scientific genius Isaac Newton was also searching out hidden meanings in the Bible, practicing the hidden art of alchemy and pioneering calculus. Using dramatic scenes starring Scott Handy as Newton, this "Nova" documentary re-creates the unique climate of late 17th century England, where a fascination with science and mathematics coexisted with extreme views on religious doctrine.

Directed by:

  • Karen Barss
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Harp Dreams
    rating:3.7

    Harp Dreams

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Blythe Danner narrates this music-driven documentary about the prestigious USA International Harp Competition, a discriminating contest held every three years that attracts talented harpists from all over the world. With footage shot in the United States, Paris, Moscow and Zurich, Switzerland, the film follows a handful of young contenders all vying for the coveted grand prize: a lucrative recording contract and a priceless instrument.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Schwibs
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Freakonomics
    rating:3.7

    Freakonomics

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Freakonomics explains different elements of popular culture through economic theory and statistics. Issues include everything from cheating sumo wrestlers to whether Roe v. Wade produced a drop in crime.

    Directed by:

  • Heidi Ewing
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    Stonewall Jackson
    rating:3.7

    Stonewall Jackson

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    An outstanding commander and brilliant tactician, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson led some of the most stunning campaigns of the Civil War, earning a storied place in military history. In this installment of A&E's popular "Biography" series, renowned Civil War historians and military experts examine period accounts and the general's battleground strategies, producing a revealing portrait of an impressive career.

    Directed by:

  • Donna E. Lusitana
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement
    rating:3.7

    Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Forty-two years of romance, struggle and shared adventures finally culminate in marriage for lifelong lesbian couple Edie and Thea, who met in the 1960s and stayed together through the turbulent decades of activism and social change that followed. Looking at pictures from their past, the women marvel at simple triumphs -- buying their first house together -- and reminisce about the constant fear of exposure they once felt.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Muska
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Passport to Europe: France & Italy
    rating:3.7

    Passport to Europe: France & Italy

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Exuberant host Samantha Brown guides viewers on an excursion through France that includes Paris, Cannes and Nice, and a journey through Italy to Florence, Naples, Rome and the picturesque Amalfi Coast. Immerse yourself in the culture, sights and sounds of these two beautiful countries, and along the way, you'll stop at Côte d'Azur in Monaco to catch a glimpse of the ultrarich residents' extravagant lifestyles.

    Directed by:

  • Sylvia Caminer
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Titanic Revealed
    rating:3.7

    Titanic Revealed

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Scouring the ocean's depths once again, Dr. Robert Ballard returns to the submerged &NFi;Titanic&NFi_; for the first time since his epic 1986 dive. Sadly, we see that the passage of time has not been kind to the sunken wreck, as many dive crews have tried to exploit the &NFi;Titanic&NFi_; for big money. Ballard also recounts his maiden voyage to the &NFi;Titanic&NFi_; and sheds some surprising light on how the luxury liner related to the Cold War. Peter Schnall directs.

    Directed by:

  • Peter Schnall
  • Tracey Barry
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Africa Unite
    rating:3.7

    Africa Unite

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary tribute to legendary reggae icon Bob Marley centers on the Marley clan's 2005 visit to Ethiopia, in which they perform a live musical salute to the family luminary, with more than 300,000 fans in attendance. The film also includes never-before-seen footage of Marley, along with a soundtrack full of his studio hits and appearances by the likes of Danny Glover and matriarch Cedella Marley Booker.

    Directed by:

  • Stephanie Black
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
    rating:3.7

    The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    While actors and directors certainly are instrumental in making a movie memorable and weaving story lines together, it's the film editor who strings the scenes into a seamless, artistic whole. This fascinating movie, narrated by Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, unmasks the mystery of film editing with the help of such fine examples of the art form as Birth of a Nation, The Battleship Potemkin and Bullitt.

    Directed by:

  • Wendy Apple
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Body of War
    rating:3.7

    Body of War

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Tomas Young left for Iraq a gung-ho soldier. He returned home paralyzed, struggling to deal with his physical limitations and his changing feelings about the war. This eye-opening documentary looks at the raging debate over the war in Iraq through the eyes of this courageous young hero who signed up for the military two days after Sept. 11, only to be sent to Iraq where a bullet shattered his life physically and emotionally.

    Directed by:

  • Phil Donahue
  • Ellen Spiro
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    A Family Undertaking: POV
    rating:3.7

    A Family Undertaking: POV

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Before the Civil War, preparing the dead for burial and funeral rites generally fell to friends and family members of the deceased. The 20th century saw the rise of the professional undertaker, a trend that changed American attitudes toward death and distanced grievers from their loved ones. This eye-opening film uncovers a growing movement advocating a return to a more traditional, personal approach to honoring the dead.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Westrate
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Scandalize My Name
    rating:3.7

    Scandalize My Name

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    During the McCarthy era, many African American actors faced blacklists, loyalty oaths and casting discrimination. Actor Morgan Freeman hosts this illuminating documentary that explores the impact of the Red scare on the civil rights movement. Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Hazel Scott, Canada Lee and Dick Campbell are among the personalities featured.

    Directed by:

  • Alexandra M. Isles
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    Secrets of the Dead: Mumbai Massacre
    rating:3.7

    Secrets of the Dead: Mumbai Massacre

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    The chain of terrorist attacks that battered Mumbai, India, over several days in November 2008 -- replayed through the eyes of those taken hostage -- is the focus of this episode of PBS's investigative series. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, the program combines survivors' firsthand accounts with an analysis of the ways in which Twitter, cell phones and other media not only abetted the terrorists' coordination efforts but also led to their downfall.

    Directed by:

  • Victoria Pitt
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    Chuck Jones: Extremes and in Betweens, a Life in Animation
    rating:3.6

    Chuck Jones: Extremes and in Betweens, a Life in Animation

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    This "Great Performances" biography examines the life works of one of Hollywood's most celebrated animators, Chuck Jones -- best known for the Warner Brothers cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig and the Road Runner. Featured are behind-the-scenes descriptions of how an animated film is made, plus clips from Jones's most endearing and enduring cartoons.

    Directed by:

  • Margaret Selby
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs
    rating:3.6

    50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Including interviews with top statesmen from both sides, this comprehensive PBS documentary traces the course of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, from the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 to the 1993 Oslo Accords and beyond. Leaders such as Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat; generals and soldiers from both camps; and even Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Bill Clinton all share their perspective on this contentious conflict.

    Directed by:

  • Norma Pery
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    My Reincarnation
    rating:3.6

    My Reincarnation

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    While fighting to preserve his spiritual legacy, a Tibetan spiritual master must also do battle with his own son, who has no interest in his destiny. The story that unfolds is a fascinating father-son conflict.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Fox
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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