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Watch: Trailer For 'Atari: Game Over' Tells The Incredible True Story Of The Infamous 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' Video Game

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 12:17 PM
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Video Game
The story is the stuff of video game legend. In 1982, Atari — the kings of the video game world — rushed out the release of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" in time for Christmas, based on Steven Spielberg's hit movie released that summer. And it was nothing short of a disaster. Widely cited as one of the worst games ever made, it was developed and approved in five weeks, a process that for any other game would take months, and as you might expect, the finished product was a mess, and it became one of the biggest financial failures in the industry's history. It led to the downfall of Atari, and in 1983, it was reported that the company's unsold consoles and games — including millions of copies of 'E.T.' — were buried in the desert. The tale passed into urban legend, but now it's the basis of the documentary "Atari: Game Over" and the first trailer has arrived.

Exclusive: Listen To Nathan Halpern's "Fourth Of July" From Sundance Winning Documentary 'Rich Hill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 12:00 PM
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Rich Hill, Sundance
Filmmakers Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos didn't reinvent the wheel for their documentary "Rich Hill." They simply turned the camera on Andrew, Harley, and Appachey, three youngsters on the verge of adolescence in the titular small town, resulting in a movie that took the Best Documentary prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Exclusive: The Universe Flips Upside Down In Trailer For Surfing Documentary 'Stephanie In The Water'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 11:03 AM
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Stephanie In The Water
In sports, you can have it all one moment, and be left with nothing the next. A corner kick will find the net, or maybe an outfielder will leap and snag the ball that was going to be a home run—it's these kind of things that come with the territory of being an athlete. But what happens when it's the outside world that changes thing? That's the question explored in the upcoming documentary, "Stephanie In The Water."

Watch: Trailer For 'The Death Of Superman Lives' About Tim Burton's Aborted Man Of Steel Movie

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 25, 2014 11:02 AM
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Death Of Superman Lives
“Jodorowksy’s Dune”—which, of course, focused on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s doomed “Dune” adaptation—was a riotous revelation that we instantly fell in love with (and ranked in our Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far). Following in its footsteps is the Kickstarter-funded “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” and the documentary’s first trailer premiered at Comic-Con and is now available to watch in the comfort of your own home.

Watch: Trailer For Dinesh D'Souza's Controversial Doc 'America' That Florida Politico Wants Shown In Schools

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2014 10:39 AM
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America: Imagine The World Without Her
Earlier this week, we ran down The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far, and though it has been the highest grossing doc of the year, Dinesh D'Souza's "America" was not on the list. In fact, our own Gabe Toro so loathed the film, he gave it an F-grade review, which then spurred a comments section furor that is now nearly 500 posts long. So why is this movie so controversial?

Watch: Exclusive Clip From ‘Alive Inside’ & Its Landmark Theater iPod Initiative

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  • July 24, 2014 2:44 PM
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Alive Inside
Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett’s “Alive Inside” is a documentary won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary earlier this year. While largely focusing on individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia, the doc also touches upon the universal healing power of music while examining the state of healthcare in America.

The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 23, 2014 3:32 PM
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Best Docs of the Year... So Far
The truth, the maxim goes, is stranger than fiction. And even while we're about to see a $200 million starring a talking raccoon and a tree-man, that's often held up by cinema: almost every week features a documentary hitting theaters or VOD telling a story just as, if not more, compelling than anything that can be found in more mainstream multiplexes.

Review: 'The Newburgh Sting' Explores The Thin Line Between Entrapment And Fighting The War On Terror

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 7:38 PM
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The Newburgh Sting
In an era of mass surveillance, and increasingly broad rules of engagement given to law enforcement, you would think that the FBI wouldn't need to carefully manufacture cases against ordinary citizens to show that they're winning the so-called "war on terror." But that would be forgetting that in addition to maintaing the security of the nation, FBI officials are also concerned with their public image (hello Twitter), as well as their presentation in the mainstream press. In a 24 hour news cycle, you are only as effective as your last headline, and the documentary "The Newburgh Sting" paints a troubling portrait of an agency more concerned with their perception than with justice, all as part of a mission that broadly targets a religious group, rather than individuals whose fanaticism finds them both as outsiders at their mosques and society in general.

Review: Elderhood Documentary 'Alive Inside' Is Vital & Important

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • July 21, 2014 5:03 PM
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Alive Inside
Elderhood. Is that even a thing? You grow from the innocence of childhood through the experiences of adulthood and then...you just get old. Nobody likes to talk about that. Kids dream about growing up so they can do all the adult things they see adults do, and adults wish they can turn back the clock and be kids again. Have you ever heard anyone say, “Man, I cannot wait to get old. I’m going to have the sweetest walker ever.” From Grandpa Simpson to reactions after an 82-year-old Clint Eastwood talked to an empty chair, American culture has always greeted old age as comic relief from a distance. But as one of the most insightful interviewees says in “Alive Inside,” “American Culture is wrong.”

Review: Is Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' The Worst Political Documentary Of All-Time?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 30, 2014 10:45 AM
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America: Imagine The World Without Her
“America: Imagine The World Without Her” is book-ended by scenes of co-director (and credited “creator”) Dinesh D'Souza. At the start, he is a triumphant filmmaker who made “2016: Obama's America," which he accurately credits as “the second highest grossing political documentary of all-time.” By the end, he's referring to the charges against him of completely transparent campaign finance law violation as a “mistake” on his part, but also calling himself a victim of Obama's America, a martyr for loving his country too much (and also breaking the law and being caught). In between is the weakest and most pathetic straw man argument ever put to film, set to be released on the Fourth Of July for audiences who are sick of answering political arguments with, “Because!”

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