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The 15 Best Documentaries Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 11, 2013 2:40 PM
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2013: The Best Documentaries of The Year
To devotees of the medium like us, cinema has an unparalleled ability to give form and shape to previously unimagined worlds. But not all unimagined worlds are unreal, an infinite number, in fact, lurk all around us: the astounding personal history of a passerby; the human cost that the news headline crawling across our TV screen cannot capture; the treasure and trash and unclaimed bodies buried beneath our local shopping mall. But despite the unbelievable wealth of material available for it to mine, the documentary format (and we’ve been guilty of this too) has historically often been sweepingly generalized as narrative film’s less glamorous, workhorse sister.

Stream This: Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Wreckers,' Spike Lee's Doc 'Bad 25' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 5, 2013 12:38 PM
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Stream This, Wreckers, Bad 25
Happy Fourth of July Weekend! We hope you're making the most of the summer weather and enjoying a fair share of barbeques, beers, and beach time. However, if you feel like stepping away from the UV for an hour or two and relaxing inside with a good flick, we would like to provide a few timely suggestions. There's, of course, the Independence Day-themed selection for your patriotic viewing pleasure. Similarly, several documentaries that capture acutely American topics and people, and both celebrate and question what it means to be a United States citizen, appear here. And in honor of this weekend's blockbuster release, "The Lone Ranger," we are recommending a throwback from the early days of Johnny Depp's career, in case you can't remember what he looks like without heavy makeup and a wig. Relish the long weekend cinephiles, whatever you choose to do, and let us know what you think of our streaming selections in the comments section below.

Tribeca Review: The Unflinching 'Oxyana' Soberly Charts An Insidious Drug Epidemic In West Virginia

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 28, 2013 11:19 AM
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Oxyana
Oceana, a small coal mining town in Wyoming County, West Virginia, is, on the surface, like any other small town in Appalachia. An hour away from almost any major city, and with an approximate population of 1400, it’s small, close-knit and not necessarily very open to outsiders. But quietly simmering underneath the surface of this municipality, an insidious epidemic is growing; a scourge of OxyContin and prescription pills that has devastated the town and given it the unfortunate nickname of “Oxyana.”

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