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The War Tapes
rating:3.6

The War Tapes

2006Runtime:0 minutes
Armed with minicams mounted on their gun turrets, helmets and dashboards, three National Guardsmen capture an unprecedented perspective of the Iraq war in this powerful documentary culled from more than a thousand hours of footage. Deftly interlaced with harrowing film of ambushes, explosions and severed limbs are the soldiers' complex reactions to the conflict and interviews with the women they left behind.

Directed by:

  • Deborah Scranton
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Persuaders: Frontline
    rating:3.6

    The Persuaders: Frontline

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    PBS's long-running television series "Frontline" examines the inner workings of advertising and public relations and the men and women -- dubbed "persuaders" -- whose job it is to influence the buying habits of today's consumers. See how they research the preferences of shoppers, pique their interest, entice them to part with their hard-earned money, and get their own messages across in an increasingly complicated and tech-savvy world.

    Directed by:

  • Barak Goodman
  • Rachel Dretzin
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Lightning!: Nova
    rating:3.5

    Lightning!: Nova

    1989Runtime:0 minutes
    "Nova" takes you on a high-voltage trip into the most electrically charged weather in the world, culminating in a dazzling lightning show set to music. Join scientists as they tempt nature by creating the world's tallest lightning rod, which triggers awe-inspiring thunderbolts a few hundred feet from observers and creates a chunk of "petrified" lightning. Then, visit with some of lightning's tragic victims who thought they were out of harm's way.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Garmon
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Roman Empire in the First Century
    rating:3.5

    The Roman Empire in the First Century

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    This PBS-produced documentary sweeps through history as the Roman Empire reigns in the 1st century. But for the Romans, being in control meant dealing with a spate of social problems: coups, power struggles and crimes. Out of the ashes of disorder, however, rose a Phoenix-like empire even stronger than its original version -- thanks to the work of thinkers, fighters, noblemen and peasants.

    Directed by:

  • Margaret Koval
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Second City: The First Family of Comedy
    rating:3.5

    The Second City: The First Family of Comedy

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    A behind-the-scenes look at the Second City comedy club and troupe, this retrospective spans from the early days to the hit "SCTV" series and beyond. Dan Aykroyd, Tina Fey, Martin Short, Alan Arkin and Mike Myers share their stories.

    Directed by:

  • Sharon Bartlett
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    National Geographic: Inside American Power: The Pentagon
    rating:3.5

    National Geographic: Inside American Power: The Pentagon

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    The Pentagon is the military nerve center of the United States, reaching out to far-flung battlefields with information, technology and a culture that permeates more of America and the world than many realize. This film depicts the Pentagon's 58-year history, taking viewers into the restricted inner workings of the Pentagon, and includes coverage of the response following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy LeBrun
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Bluegrass Journey
    rating:3.5

    Bluegrass Journey

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    A treat for the eyes and ears, this musical documentary charts the history -- and captures the joyful spirit -- of bluegrass through interviews with and performances from some of the most celebrated artists of the genre. Featured acts include the Del McCoury Band, Nickel Creek, Jerry Douglas and Tim O'Brien. Fusing traditional Appalachian folk music with the energy of the blues, the timeless sound of bluegrass continues to win over new fans.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Kennedy
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
    rating:3.5

    Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Modern artist Anselm Kiefer and his monumental landscape creation at Barjac, France -- a vast complex including lakes, bridges, caves and galleries displaying Kiefer's other work -- are the focus of this documentary from Sophie Fiennes. The artist's ruminations on the creative process and his aims and ambitions are intercut with a careful study of the art itself, shining a spotlight on the processes at work in Kiefer's expanding mini-universe.

    Directed by:

  • Sophie Fiennes
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Brandon Teena Story
    rating:3.5

    The Brandon Teena Story

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Brandon Teena -- a Nebraska woman who was born Teena Brandon but identified and dressed as a man -- is the focus of this absorbing documentary that uses interviews, reenactments and news footage to tell the story. Although Brandon found happiness with a girlfriend and made a number of friends, he was brutally attacked -- and later murdered -- when his secret was discovered. Brandon's life served as the basis for the 1999 film Boys Don't Cry.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Muska
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Triumph of the Will
    rating:3.5

    Triumph of the Will

    1934Runtime:0 minutes
    Leni Riefenstahl's infamous propaganda film documenting the Third Reich's 1934 Nuremberg Party Rally features a cast of thousands -- including Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolf Hess, Hermann Goering and other top officials. Images of cheering crowds, precision marching, military bands, banners lining Nuremberg's streets and Hitler's climactic speech illustrate with chilling clarity how Germany fell under his spell.

    Directed by:

  • Leni Riefenstahl
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Marjoe
    rating:3.5

    Marjoe

    1972Runtime:0 minutes
    This Oscar-winning documentary explores the life of one-time child evangelist and faith healer Marjoe Gortner. The son of professional evangelists, Gortner was preaching on the Southern tent-revival circuit by the age of 3. Twenty-eight at the time of the film's release, Gortner freely admits to being a scam artist -- but still maintains a compelling charisma, possibly explaining his later career as an actor in B movies and in 1974's Earthquake.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Kernochan
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Babylon: Past, Present and Future
    rating:3.5

    Babylon: Past, Present and Future

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Depicted in the Bible as both a center for social, economic and religious power and as a woman riding a seven-headed, 10-horned beast, the city of Babylon has served as a source of fascination for scholars, archaeologists, theologians and everyday people alike for thousands of years. This compelling documentary-style program unravels the mysteries of Babylon's past, as well as the realities and possibilities for its future.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Scobee
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut
    rating:3.5

    Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    This warm-hearted documentary from filmmaker Anna Wilding takes viewers into the heart of a Buddhist monastery, where monks open up about the joys and challenges of living out the precepts of the Buddha as a full-time vocation. Featuring input from the Dalai Lama himself, this film also examines controversies swirling within modern monastic Buddhism, from celibacy and the role of women to racism and concerns about the environment.

    Directed by:

  • Anna Wilding
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Grey Gardens
    rating:3.5

    Grey Gardens

    1975Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentary pioneers the Maysles brothers (Gimme Shelter) capture poignant moments in the lives of Jackie O's quirky relatives -- Edith Bouvier Beale, aka Big Edie, and her middle-aged daughter, Little Edie -- at their decaying estate, Grey Gardens. The ladies shut out their bleak present by recalling richer times and lost loves, and while Little Edie confides that she'd like to leave, the camera captures an enduring co-dependency.

    Directed by:

  • Albert Maysles
  • David Maysles
  • Ellen Hovde
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The World According to Sesame Street
    rating:3.5

    The World According to Sesame Street

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Traveling to areas marked by poverty, unrest and disease -- including Bangladesh, Kosovo and South Africa -- this insightful documentary looks at efforts to regionalize "Sesame Street" for maximum social, cultural and educational impact. Can Cookie Monster be an agent of global change? You bet, according to the show's producers, who work to localize the beloved children's series for different parts of the world.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Hawkins
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Desert of Forbidden Art
    rating:3.5

    The Desert of Forbidden Art

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Trace the incredible story of defiant visionary Igor Savitsky, an artist and museum curator who cunningly acquired more than 40,000 banned Soviet Union paintings and hid the illegal collection from the KGB in Uzbekistan's Nukus Museum. In addition to rare archival footage and interviews with the artists' children, this absorbing documentary also features letters and diary entries read by Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Edward Asner.

    Directed by:

  • Tchavdar Georgiev
  • Amanda Pope
  • rating:3.5 3.5 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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