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Heddy Honigmann’s documentary examines the profound connection we make with dogs and the limited time they have with us Read more

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Before the doc became a cult classic, director Jennie Livingston and dancer Willi Ninja spoke to us about class, identity and the commercialization of ball culture Read more

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The dispersion of queer people into a diaspora in the face of gentrification dilutes the ability to organize and ruptures our political power Read more

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Martin Scorsese mixes fact and fantasy in this doc, but the trove of beautifully restored 16mm footage with new and archival interviews is delightful Read more

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Ron Howard's portrait of the life and career of operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti checks off all the usual boxes, but glosses over some personal details Read more

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The fashion icon's story isn't that complex or mysterious, but half a century later, the clothes still look splendid Read more

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Tasha Hubbard’s doc focuses on the ensuing trial, the effect on Boushie’s family and a legal system that allowed an all-white jury to validate an Indigenous man’s death Read more

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Werner Herzog’s talk with the former leader of the USSR feels like a slight diversion for both men between more important projects Read more

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Director Ryan White doesn’t connect his revolutionary subject to current debates about sex ed, women’s health and sexual violence Read more

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Never-before-seen VHS footage of Rudolf Nureyev offers a sense of the dancer's talent and personality Read more

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Alison Klayman's doc about the self-proclaimed architect of Trump's presidential victory doesn't dig very deeply into its subject Read more

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Rescued from distribution limbo, Sydney Pollack’s film – with footage long thought unsalvageable – is the stuff of legend Read more

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YouTube Premium documentary about Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC manager Lou Pearlman is a decent primer on recent pop history Read more

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Ron Mann’s doc about craftsman Rick Kelly and his Greenwich Village shop – complete with celebrity visits – captures a mood of artisanal appreciation Read more

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Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up leads the lineup, which also includes docs about the Quebec City mosque shooting, Aung San Suu Kyi and Wu-Tang Clan Read more

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Charles Officer’s wide-ranging doc about Saint-Exupéry’s children’s book shows that some tales are timeless Read more

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Christy Garland's film about a woman who wants to join the Palestinian Security Forces is an observant, empathetic documentary Read more

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Four-part Amazon series compellingly revisits a notorious criminal case from the 90s in the context of the #MeToo era, but could've gone deeper Read more

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Doc about Matt Green’s quixotic quest to walk all 8,000 miles of New York City’s streets, parks and public spaces is enjoyable, even if it lacks psychological depth Read more

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Cameron Yates’s documentary will frustrate anyone who understands how documentaries are made, or how restaurants work Read more

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