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All About Her Mother: Cindy Kleine's Phyllis and Harold & Actress Jean Simmons: Leading Lady in Her Final Film

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Cindy Kleine's film has captured something quietly but essentially tragic about many American women who were born in the 1920s and 30s.

Dreams of an Egyptian Trash Trader

Andrew Wander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andrew Wander

A cruel irony lies at the heart of Mai Iskander's debut film Garbage Dreams, which follows three teenage boys growing up in the filth-strewn allies of Mokattam, Cairo's garbage village.

Filmmaker Links Bloodshed of El Salvador to Washington (VIDEO)

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Greg Barrett

Viewers see for themselves how the war drags on long after "peace" was declared.

Sundance: Waiting for Superman

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

The winner of the Audience Award for Best US Documentary was Waiting for Superman, a no-hold-your-punches investigation of our failing public schools.

INTERVIEW: Filmmaker Havana Marking On The Dangers Of Being An 'Afghan Star' (VIDEO)

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

"Watching young girls with only one mobile phone in the house debate about who to cast that one vote for -- it was pretty powerful. It wasn't a presidential election, but it was the idea that these girls had a role to play..."

The End of Poverty at Home? Part I

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

Limiting immigration to the U.S. isn't going to solve the economic circumstances that surround it. Nor will containing immigration replenish or sustain the world's limited and vanishing resources.

The Women of Troy: Upstate Girls

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Wayne Trujillo

"No makeup, all attitude." The cast of Brenda Ann Kenneally's documentary photo project is comprised of single upstate mothers living beneath the radar of the mainstream American dream.

The End of Poverty?

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Wayne Trujillo

In anticipation of the film's premiere on Nov. 13 in New York, Director Philipe Diaz spoke with me to discuss the film's aspirations -- spurring a grassroots effort to banish poverty.

New Lil Wayne Documentary: One of Hip-Hop's Best

Brandon Perkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brandon Perkins

By subtitling entire mixtape verses -- DJ drops sometimes included -- the New Orleans lyricist Lil Wayne is put on a pedestal that was once reserved only for Bob Dylan and John Lennon. And why not?

Woodstock Film Fest -- Those Who Remain

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

What we do not see, do not hear about, never even think about, are the families of Mexican immigrant men left behind in Mexico.

ReThink Review: Capitalism: A Love Story -- A Must-See Subversion

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

An excoriating critique of America's economic ideology, Capitalism may go down as one of the most timely and subversive films in movie history

National Parks: America's Best Idea

Allison Rockefeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Allison Rockefeller

Welcome to your American inheritance: 84 million acres comprising 58 national parks, with 333 historic monuments, seashores, and battlefields.

Ken Burns' New National Parks Documentary Starts Slowly, But Gets Better

Levi Novey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Levi Novey

I suspect those who only watch the first few episodes will be teetering on the edge of boredom. Those who stay around longer, or just cherry-pick an episode to watch among the later ones will end up much more excited and satisfied.

Forest Whitaker's Sundance Channel Series About Newark Reform Efforts Premiers Today

Joe Territo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joe Territo

The first screening of "Brick City," chronicling reform efforts in Newark, will be held at Newark's Symphony Hall at 5pm today.

DVDs -- Don't Be Conned: Check Out "Duplicity"

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

This week in DVD releases: A clever, sexy and adult caper about two opposing corporate spies who are working together to scam their employers. Maybe.

ReThinking Standard Operating Procedure: Yes, Virginia, We Really Do Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

In light of a new report set to be released today from the CIA, I want to take another look at Standard Operating Procedure, Errol Morris' documentary about torture at Abu Ghraib.

HBO's Marion Barry Movie and Silverdocs: Reality Shows for Smart People

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Art Levine

Nine Lives of Marion Barry illustrates the unique power of documentaries. They satisfy our cravings for true stories without the cheesy qualities that have so degraded the reality shows on TV.

Vandals On The Side of The Angels: How Far Is Too Far?

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Eric Lurio

I am not a fan of whaling and have long supported the ban, but what Sea Shepherd and its friends have been doing, has been mostly ineffective and somewhat counterproductive.

Five Things You Didn't Hear About Walter Cronkite

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Stories from before Cronkite was Cronkite

The (2nd) Oldest Trade

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sheila Shayon

Serious attention should be paid to the media diet we are being fed -- and its effects on our minds and hearts.

Errol Morris and the Passing of Robert McNamara

Brad Schreiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Schreiber

Morris said, "very few people today know about the firebombing and hardly anybody knows about Robert McNamara's role in the firebombing".

'Comrade Couture' Documentary Revisits Germany's Communist Creativity

Der Spiegel | Caroline Winter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Most think of East Germany as having been drab, gray and boring. But an underground fashion scene did its best to spice things up. A new documentary t...

America is Fu... eled

Hillary Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Hillary Newman

"Fuel" tells the story of Josh Tickell's quest to spread awareness about biodiesel as an alternative energy source. After watching the film, I wanted more. So I set up an interview.

Interview with Fixer Director Ian Olds: Afghanistan, History and Winning Best Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival

Robyn Hillman-Harrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robyn Hillman-Harrigan

I caught up with the film's director, Ian Olds for a lively conversation about Fixer, the state of politics in Afghanistan, historiography and how it feels to have been in two war zones in the past few years.

Maximum Platform Versus Basic Floor: The Case for Autism as its Own Universe

Amanda Copeland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amanda Copeland

We autism parents know our children. We know they can struggle for recovery and get there in varying levels of ability. But we know they can earn recovery if they just get a chance.