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Courtesy RaMell Ross

Photographer-turned-filmmaker RaMell Ross's documentary debut is subtly affecting and boldly ambitious Read more

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Doc about international students coming up with projects to help protect the environment feels urgent and personal Read more

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He’s largely unknown today, but Amy Scott’s anecdote-heavy documentary about the 70s filmmaker could change that Read more

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Astra Taylor’s film features lots of talking heads and quotes from Plato, but a slicker approach wouldn’t have served the film’s purpose Read more

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Peter Jackson’s technically inventive film has a power and immediacy rarely found in documentaries Read more

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Samuel Engelking

Seventh annual event to screen documentaries on transgender people in the U.S. military, three violent years in Baltimore and the aftermath of a hate crime Read more

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Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland is best when it simply focuses on the woman at its core Read more

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Barry Avrich's film profiles Ben Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials Read more

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Samuel Engelking

The expanded version of Colin Brunton's short doc about an infamous Horseshoe Tavern concert in 1978 celebrates a milestone at the Revue Cinema Read more

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Mark Johnson

Charming and candid conversational doc stars Dames Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, Eileen Atkins and Judi Dench Read more

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Tommy Avallone's doc examining stories about the comic actor showing up to bring people joy is a sweet look at celebrity and spontaneity Read more

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Shasha Nakhai uses human stories rather than statistics to shed light on why half the country’s population lives without a consistent electricity supply Read more

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Crowd-pleasing film about brilliant teens is a celebration of enthusiasm and discovery Read more

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Sandi Tan's documentary mystery turns the hunt for a lost classic of Singaporean cinema into a joyous portrait of teenage friendship Read more

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Unearthed letters and a long-lost TV interview shed light on the singer's life, career and enduring legacy Read more

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Courtesy of Netflix

The ambitious second season of Netflix's doc series is a slower burn, but finds a compelling new character in Steven Avery's post-conviction lawyer Read more

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Documentary about Janae Marie Kroczaleski is as much about body image as transitioning Read more

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Despite rock climber Alex Honnold's unemotional exterior, this film about his attempt to free solo the sheer, 3000-foot El Capitan rock face is thrilling, white-knuckle viewing Read more

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Adam Schull

Film charting the rise and fall of the notorious New York City disco is thorough but grows less compelling the further away it moves from the dance floor Read more

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Documentary about Hasidic women fighting to create an all-female emergency force will surprise you Read more

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