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DVDs: Good Bill Murray, Great Jackie Chan, So-So Barbra

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

What have we got on tap? Bill Murray as FDR and other new releases, a great Jackie Chan double bill, one of Barbra Streisand's lesser works, a clutch of documentaries, some titles for baseball fans to watch on their team's off day, a string of auteurist gems, and a TV roundup.

Acclaimed Documentary Maker Dies

AP | Posted 06.07.2013 | Entertainment

BERKELEY, Calif. — Les Blank, an acclaimed documentary maker who focused his camera on cultural corners ranging from blues music, to garlic love...

DVDs: Great Blimp, Badlands, Buster Keaton & More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.30.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Let's catch up with some reissues of classic -- and not so classic -- movies, with a few documentaries tossed in at the end for good measure.

Forthcoming Documentary To Examine Being LGBT In Middle America

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices

The woman responsible for introducing us to Bette Porter, Tina Kennard, Shane McCutcheon, Alice Pieszecki, Jenny Schecter and the rest of the sexy Los...

Parents Unite Against Hunger

Tracey Stewart | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Tracey Stewart

The film shows that hunger, for children and people as a whole, is a problem that America has solved in the past and can solve again if average Americans demand it. A Place at the Table shows us that it's easier than we think.

Films Can Help Change the World

Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss

Film is big business. We track its annual contribution to the "entertainment" sector in billions of dollars. But film is much more than simply entertainment. Film, it turns out, is an ideal catalyst for change.

Meet South Africa's First Drag King Troupe

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.25.2013 | Gay Voices

Beyonce’s 2008 hit “If I Were A Boy” and Ciara’s 2007 hit “Just Like A Boy” were expressive tracks that explored and criticized masculinit...

Changing the Brain: An Interview About Freeing the Mind

Robert Piper | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

The human mind has the ability to triumph over almost impossible circumstances. Decades of research by some of the leading neuroscientists in the world is showing that the brain is capable of changing for the better.

Eagles Land, Then Soar in New Documentary

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.20.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

The band reached its highest altitude during the mid to late 1970s, when the single and album Hotel California cemented what Rolling Stone called their "note-perfect Hollywood-cowboy ennui."

Michelangelo Signorile

Gay Civil Rights Hero Bayard Rustin Remembered

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin was a visionary and an openly gay man who dared to be out in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, when homophobia was at an ...

The House I Live In Is an All-Encompassing Look at the Disgraceful 'War on Drugs'

Scott Mendelson | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Eugene Jarecki's newest documentary, The House I Live In , is a superb and comprehensive look at the last forty years of drug policy in America.

WATCH: The Inside Story Of Polygamy's Exiled Youth

www.oprah.com | Posted 12.14.2012 | OWN

Jennilyn Merten and Tyler Measom talk about the power of documentary films and the passion it took to make Sons of Perdition. Read more: http://...

Brilliant Documentary Bitter Seeds Illuminates Plight of the Indian Farmer

Leslie Hassler | Posted 11.29.2012 | New York
Leslie Hassler

Bitter Seeds shows us how little we know about genetically modified seeds. But farmers have an advocate in quantum physicist and activist Vandana Shiva, India's leading opponent of genetic modification and the patenting of seeds.

Silence in the House of God, or When the Trail Leads to the Top

Erica Abeel | Posted 01.20.2013 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Alex Gibney, preeminent documentarian and a specialist in the abuse of power, weighs in with the superb Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, which tackles the subject of child sex crimes and cover-up in the Catholic church.

The Central Park Five (****)

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.16.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

After screening this film you'll feel like you just took a graduate course in civics, sociology, race relations, criminology, politics, urban studies, African American and Latino history.

Every American Needs to Watch The Warning on Netflix if They Want the Truth about the Financial Collapse

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

You have to see this film. It tells about how Brooksley Born, the chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) during the Clinton administration, saw, very clearly, the impending disaster on Wall Street and in the financial markets.

In The Spotlight: Five Indie Films Worthy of Our Attention

Greg Archer | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Like some off-Broadway gems that so wonderfully showcase rare talent before they land on the big stage, there are a handful of lesser-known films circulating around in the periphery worthy of a closer look.

10 Must-See Films At DOC NYC

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.11.2012 | Arts

This week marks the start of Manhattan's third annual documentary festival, DOC NYC, at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village and Chelsea's SVA Theatre....

WATCH: The Official 'Arrested Development' Documentary Trailer

Posted 12.19.2012 | Comedy

There may be a new season of "Arrested Development" on the horizon and a movie along with it, but in case that isn't enough to make your little comedy...

WATCH: Tom Wolfe Gets Back To Blood In Miami

| Miami New Times | Posted 10.11.2012 | Miami

This article courtesy of Miami New Times. By Ciara LaVelle A small motorboat meandered through the 2011 Columbus Day Regatta, carrying just a dr...

Escape to the Movies This Weekend to See How We Can Create the World's Best Health System

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you want to get a clearer understanding not only of why the U.S. health care system fails so many of us but, more importantly, how we can transform it to make it the best in the world, go to the movies this weekend.

Meg Ryan, America Ferrara & Olivia Wilde Team Up For New Doc

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 09.29.2012 | TV

LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't a juicy script that brought together a half-dozen Hollywood stars, including Meg Ryan, America Ferrera and Olivia Wilde. It w...

DVDs: Chimps Rule!

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.26.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Chimpanzee is superior family entertainment and deservedly should be lauded as the biggest hit documentary film of the year

Film Review of We Women Warriors: Tejiendo Sabiduria

Vanessa Perez | Posted 10.09.2012 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Perez

In Nicole Karsin's debut documentary weaving provides a metaphor for the unity between indigenous people in Colombia whose communities and lands are threatened by violence and armed conflict.

Should We Bring Back The Arts Olympics?

Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.05.2012 | Home
Lucas Kavner

From 1912 to 1948 the Olympic Games had a subdivision dedicated to handing out medals in arts events, like literature and architecture and visual arts and music (ironic for the latter, since this year musicians were barely paid to participate even on the sidelines.) Is it crazy to imagine us bringing them back?