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Interview: Lauren Greenfield looks at The Queen of Versailles

The Queen of Versailles ought to start with a disclaimer: "WARNING: This film may test your ability to laugh at the misfortune of assholes."
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By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  July 27, 2012
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Interview: Wim Wenders takes 3D one step further

Some are surprised that Wim Wenders, like fellow veteran of the '70s New German Cinema Werner Herzog, has embraced something as newfangled as 3D.
Pina envy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
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For Memphis Three, a bitter guilty plea

On Friday — after inspiring songs, award-winning documentaries, and celebrity-led protests — the West Memphis Three were suddenly freed from state custody, but only after all three pleaded guilty to the murders as part of the deal that secured their free
Prosecutorial discretion
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 26, 2011
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Four-hour showstoppers and Malcolm McDowell come to Waterville

Boasting a high-profile selection of archival prints and to-be-buzzed-about small films, the 14th Maine International Film Festival begins on Friday and runs through July 24 at locations in Waterville, primarily HQ Railroad Square Cinema. Herein, a guid
Into the Woods
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: Forks Over Knives

If Food Inc. didn't scare you off red meat, Forks over Knives just might do the trick.

By TOM MEEK  |  May 13, 2011
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Review: Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Morgan Spurlock ( Super Size Me ) is at it again.
Morgan Spurlock's new "docbuster"
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 22, 2011


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Review: Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

Picasso seems to have done so, though preferring Chaplin slapstick and cowboy silents to artsy fare, and biographers place him at several screenings of Lumière shorts.
Linking movies and Cubist painting
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: Fresh

As a latecomer to the growing crop of food-industry exposés, Ana Sofia Joanes's even-handed documentary on the evils of factory farming doesn't live up to its title. Yet despite tilling familiar ground, its argument for sustainable alternatives intrigues
Really grows on you
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 18, 2010
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Cinema paradisos

Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010

At the Cable Car: The wind-lashed and sea-worn

On a recent Sunday, the usual grad school crowd at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence gave way to something different — the wind-lashed faces and sea-worn hands of Rhode Island’s oft-ignored surfing community.
Surf’s Up
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  May 14, 2010
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Review: 8: The Mormon Proposition

While we were getting decriminalized weed in Massachusetts, a large segment of the population was reeling from the devastating passage of Proposition 8 in California.
Sheds a sad light on Prop 8
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010


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Review: Dancing Across Borders

Anne Bass’s documentary about a 16-year-old Cambodian boy whom she brought to the US to study at the School of American Ballet looks at first to be limited by its feel-good story arc, but it dances beyond that.
Dancing beyond conventions, also
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 23, 2010
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Review: Bananas!

The banana as we know it is quickly marching toward extinction, thanks to inbreeding at the hands of big agribusiness. But don’t worry — after watching this documentary from Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, you’ll never want to eat a banana again. Bana
You'll never want to eat a banana again
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 16, 2010
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Interview: Ray Manzarek of the Doors

It’s been nearly 40 years since the death of Jim Morrison, but the surviving members of the Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and percussionist John Densmore have kept soldiering on, playing in various reformations of the ground-br
The return of the Lizard King, sort of
By TOM MEEK  |  April 09, 2010
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Reality bites again

At the tail end of February, for the second consecutive year, I (barely) escaped a late-winter hurricane to enter a Midwestern oasis of grass-fed beef, cheap cigarettes, Johnny Depp impersonators, and some of the finest documentaries you might just see t
Getting a jump on the year in documentaries at True/False
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 02, 2010
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Review: Sweetgrass

One of the most enigmatic close-ups I’ve seen on screen this year is of a sheep. It stares into the camera at the beginning of Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s documentary about a round-up of the critters in Montana’s Beartooth Mountains, rum
Triumph of the wool
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 02, 2010


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Documentary Man

If you think the polemic salvos Michael Moore churns out define the modern documentary, you've either succumbed to Moore's manipulative shenanigans or are unfamiliar with the works of Frederick Wiseman. No disrespect to the Roger & Me director, he
An interview with Frederick Wiseman
By TOM MEEK  |  December 11, 2009