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Review: Rich And Emotionally Rewarding Documentary 'Web Junkie'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 6, 2014 7:34 PM
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Web Junkie
The opening moments of “Web Junkies” are surreal: we see a bunch of young Chinese boys stomping around what looks to be military barracks. A title card says that this is the Daxing Boot Camp, in a suburb of Beijing. The camera focuses in on one young boy, still in his room, looking out at his peers through a metallic mesh. He is sobbing. Someone asks one of the boys what they did to get to this place, and the boy responds, “I used the Internet.”

Watch: Orson Welles’ Final Documentary 'Filming Othello'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 5, 2014 11:05 AM
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Contrary to popular belief, “F for Fake” is not Orson Welles’s last completed film. That honor goes to the rarely seen (or even discussed) 1978 documentary “Filming Othello.” As you would expect from the title, the doc traces the creation of Welles’s 1952 Palme d’Or-winning adaptation of “Othello.” Though the film was never officially released outside of one screening at the 1978 Berlin Film Festival and two in New York in 1979 and 1987, you can now watch it in the comfort of your home, courtesy of The Seventh Art.

Watch: Trailer For 'Out Of Print' Reflects On The Future Of 35mm In An Increasing Digital Age

  • By Halim Cillov
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  • August 1, 2014 4:30 PM
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Out of Print
For the cinephiles of Los Angeles, New Beverly Cinema is not just another historic movie theater but a sacred landmark that celebrates everything that is enriching about 35mm projection. The theater building which dates back to 1920 is one of the oldest revival cinemas in the nation and, since 1978, the theater has been showing revival (not first run) double-features all year around in their original 35mm format.

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

  • By The Playlist
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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.

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