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Watch: Trailer For Documentary 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' Presents A Classic Rap Album

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2014 1:18 PM
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Time Is Illmatic
Can documentaries about famous rap groups and albums be a new thing please? A few years ago we got the excellent "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest," detailing the fascinating and incredible story of the highly influential hip hop group, and now comes "Nas: Time Is Illmatic," another snapshot of a rapper who has inspired a generation of artists.

Watch: First Trailer For ‘Harmontown’ About ‘Community’ Showrunner Dan Harmon

  • By Zach Hollwedel
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  • August 28, 2014 5:00 PM
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It’s no secret that the mercurial Dan Harmon, creator and showrunner of NBC’s “Community,” had a very public, very messy falling out with his network and certain cast members (cough Chevy Chase cough) in 2012. Underlying tensions between Harmon and the brass at Sony, which produces the show, drove him out after the third season, though he returned a year later. NBC bailed on “Community" after its fifth season back in May of this year, and fans eagerly awaited word on what was next in store for Harmon.

Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti Documentary 'Finding Fela!'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 22, 2014 1:42 PM
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Finding Fela
The legendary musician, producer, innovator and thinker Brian Eno once famously called the Nigerian Afrobeat meter one of the three greatest drumbeats of the 1970s (along with Germany’s propulsive Motorik pulse and James Brown's Stubblefield-driven funky drummer groove). And Eno's early declarations have hardly proved wrong over the decades, often turning into reliable maxims. While genius drummer Tony Allen would physically provide the rhythm, the Afrobeat sound was conceived and pioneered by Fela Anikulapo Ransome Kuti, the multi-instrumentalist godfather of this remarkable polyrhythmic African jazzfunk genre. Kuti was to Afrobeat what Bob Marley was to reggae, what Brown was to funk; a musical giant in the scene with few rightful claimers to the throne. But unlike his contemporaries who are all recognized legends worldwide, Kuti still remains largely a musical cult figure to this day.

Review: Football Doc 'We Could Be King' Makes A Good Run For The Goal Line

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2014 7:04 PM
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We Could Be King
For many communities in the U.S., like those depicted in "Friday Night Lights," football is a kind of religion as much as it is commerce, a national pasttime turned into weekly spectacle around which entire cities and towns live and breathe. But in the inner city, football offers hope, a chance to stay off the streets, brotherhood and a feeling of pride that they might not get elsewhere. The sport isn't a ritual or rite-of-passage but a tool for survival, and for many cities across the country, kids in low income high schools are at risk of losing the very thing that offers a window to a better future, and an opportunity to show off the best they can be. In 2013, the School District of Philadelphia, facing a massive budget shortfall, introduced a series of drastic cuts which included closing 24 schools. And that's where the documentary "We Could Be King" kicks off.

Exclusive: Trailer For Polygamy And Women's Rights Documentary 'Bitter Honey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2014 10:03 AM
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Bitter Honey
Polygamy and women's rights might not seem like the most obviously parallel themes, but for director Robert Lemelson, they can't be separated, via his upcoming documentary "Bitter Honey." And today we have the exclusive trailer for the movie, which shines a light into an obscure corner of the world.

Review: 'To Be Takei' Explores The Personal And Political Sides Of The 'Star Trek' Icon

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 19, 2014 7:13 PM
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To Be Takei
Anyone who follows George Takei on Facebook, has tuned in to his frequent appearances on “The Howard Stern Show,” or marveled at one of his amazing Amazon reviews (seriously, look them up), knows that the former “Star Trek” actor lives life with an unprecedented amount of zippy good humor, especially for a man well into his seventies. And this isn’t even taking into account his tireless humanitarian efforts, mostly on the subject of gay rights. For a tiny, elderly, Japanese man, he’s also an unstoppable force of nature. In the new documentary “To Be Takei,” it becomes clear that Takei is a man who defies expectations and subverts stereotypes at virtually every turn. It’s just a shame the movie wasn’t as progressive as its subject.

Watch: 11-Minute 'The Film Before The Film' About The History Of Opening Credits

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 19, 2014 12:31 PM
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Se7en Opening Credits
Like artful movie posters, opening title sequences have been largely cast aside by an increasingly stats-obsessed studio system that cares little for the long and storied cinematic tradition. Sure, there are a few that still practice and revere the art —hello David Fincher and Edgar Wright— but if a credit sequence is made at all, it’s bumped to the end, as is the case with most blockbusters. A short documentary, “The Film Before The Film,” has been making the rounds online and it serves as both an introduction to and a welcome reminder of the power of opening credits.

Review: Chris Marker's 'Level Five' Displays The Work Of A Mastermind Theorist

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • August 18, 2014 7:05 PM
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Level Five
Back on the big screen as part of BAM Rose Cinema's retrospective of his work, Chris Marker’s 1996 documentary “Level Five” is a staunch reminder of the singular cinematic oeuvre left behind by the filmmaker.

Watch: 20-Minute, 25th Anniversary Documentary About Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 15, 2014 10:38 AM
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Do The Right Thing
It’s been a quarter of a century since “Do The Right Thing,” and yet the film’s themes could not be more current, particularly in light of the events unfolding this week in Ferguson, Missouri. To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Spike Lee teamed up with Beats Music for a short documentary on the film (via Variety).

Review: Buzzy Sundance Fossil-Hunting Documentary 'Dinosaur 13'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 15, 2014 10:22 AM
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Ever since a name as such was coined in the early 19th century, dinosaurs have been a source of fascination. The idea of huge, monstrous creatures that ruled the planet in a time before man, remaining in the present day only in skeletal fossils, have captured the imaginations of children and adults for over two hundred years. Those remains are the star attractions in museums all over the world, and have inspired stories from "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" to next year's "Jurassic World," a sequel to one-time top-grossing film in history, "Jurassic Park."

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