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Meet the Old Boss: Springsteen Revisits Darkness

Peter Birkenhead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Peter Birkenhead

Darkness on the Edge of Town is a record of American reckoning, an accounting of the steep, dreadful costs of unconsciousness and the fulsome, liberating rewards of opening our eyes.

BLOG WATCH> The Awl Anticicpates Burlesque, The Whitney, And Chris Cooper

The Awl | Awl Staff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

The Anticipation List... (by The Awl Staff) • Ritter, Dene, Voss: it just opened! • And Everything Is Going Fine: Steven Soderbergh's documentar...

The 11th Annual Moondance Film Festival Returns To Boulder

Andrea Rael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Tragedies often serve as the most effective catalysts for meaningful social discussion. Such was the case in 1999, when--after the massacre at Columb...

Joaquin Phoenix, I'm Still Here

Hellin Kay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Hellin Kay

There are very few actors who take risks to create gutsy statements on what goes on in our culture. This is one of them.

The Best of Both Worlds: How Big Can Documentary Get?

Jane Root | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jane Root

Documentary programming has gripped audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. But what may be most interesting in terms of documentary topics is how the genre has influenced non-documentaries.

Looking Back at 25 Years of Exploration

Lisa Ling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lisa Ling

Sometimes when I watch the news, I see talking heads who shout and tell people what to think. So many news executives underestimate Americans' interest in international news, but Explorer never has.

Entertaining Warriors in an Avatar Age

Rick Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rick Allen

The USO and SnagFilms are teaming up to bring the best in documentary film to 130 USO Centers around the world. This special USO Theater will give service members full length films for free.

Skiing and Sacrifice

David Holbrooke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Holbrooke

Mountainfilm started in 1979 as a gathering of mountaineers who wanted to climb during the day and watch mountaineering movies night.

Tripping to Tribeca

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joseph Smigelski

So Tribeca, here I come. Sure, I could eventually find some of these films on Netflix, but I'm betting that being at the film festival will enhance my viewing experience exponentially.

Michael Moore To Dodd: Are You Sh*tting Me? Everyone Wants To Punish Banks (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michael Moore appeared on "The Dylan Ratigan Show" Wednesday and called out Democrats for not standing up to Wall Street. Taking aim at the financial...

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.