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Review: Errol Morris' Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known' Both Insightful & Unsatisfying

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 2, 2014 5:14 PM
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The Unknown Known, Errol Morris
As we inch towards another potential war in the Middle East, the last couple are still being pored over by filmmakers. We’re still likely some time away from the definitive takes on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we have seen a few solid films telling those stories in the last decade or so, albeit tending to focus on the men on the ground, rather than the architects of the conflict. The men who planned and executed the wars might have been out of office for some time, but they’re not showing any particular willingness to talk things over. Well, except one. Sort of.

Watch: Trailer For Errol Morris' Donald Rumsfeld Doc Explores 'The Unknown Known'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 4:23 PM
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The Unknown Known, Errol Morris
With screenings at Venice, Telluride and TIFF last year, it speaks to the reputation of Errol Morris that three of the major fall film festivals played host to his latest film, "The Unknown Known." And it's hard to argue why programmers were interested. Not only is it the new film from a master documentary filmmaker, it tackles one of the most divisive, polarizing and controversial figures in American politics over the last few decades: Donald Rumsfeld.

Watch: Clips & Trailers From TIFF Entries Errol Morris' 'The Unknown Known,' Bruce McDonald's 'The Husband' & Many More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 5, 2013 11:15 AM
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With the Toronto International Film Festival underway, the fall movie season—as well as awards season—is officially upon us. Over the next eleven days, we’ll be bringing you our reviews and more coverage from ground. Since the festival has only just begun and we’ve already told you about some of our most anticipated films of the festival, let’s take a moment to get a quick peek at some of the other films premiering.

Venice Review: Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld Documentary ‘The Unknown Known’

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2013 9:43 AM
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The Unknown Known, Errol Morris
As we inch towards another potential war in the Middle East, the last couple are still being pored over by filmmakers. We’re still likely some time away from the definitive takes on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we have seen a few solid films telling those stories in the last decade or so albeit tending to focus on the men on the ground, rather than the architects of the conflict. The men who planned and executed the wars might have been out of office for some time, but they’re not showing any particular willingness to talk things over. Well, except one. Sort of.

Watch: Extended Clip From Errol Morris' Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known' Playing Venice, Telluride & TIFF

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 30, 2013 9:21 AM
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The Unknown Known, Errol Morris
As Philip Glass can attest, Errol Morris has his proven motifs, whether thematically by his gaze on the subjective nature of facts or cinematically, with his signature interviewing style, but the “Thin Blue Line” filmmaker's next project find him actually repeating a government position as subject — U.S. Secretary of State. 2003's “The Fog Of War” examined history through the eyes of Robert S. McNamara, who walked Pentagon halls during the Vietnam War; now Morris turns to Donald Rumsfeld for his account of his time in office, and we've got a first glimpse of the result.

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Pick Up Kristen Wiig Starrer 'Imogene,' RADiUS-TWC Take Errol Morris' Latest

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • September 11, 2012 10:45 AM
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More Toronto International Film Festival acquisitions abound, including the comedy "Imogene" and the documentary "The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld," right on the heels of Roadside Attractions picking up Sarah Polley's documentary "Stories We Tell."

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