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KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK Review

A documentary created with the approval of his family, Kurt Cobain’s only authorized biopic, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, manages to elevate itself well above most standard rock docs due to the quality and wealth of its content. Even as someone who wasn’t a huge fan of Nirvana, I found myself hanging onto every moment of this gripping and expertly crafted film by Brett Morgen.

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ROOM 237 Director’s Latest, THE NIGHTMARE Gets a New Trailer

Gravitas Ventures has released a new trailer for Room 237 director Rodney Ascher’s latest documentary, The Nightmare, which looks at eight different people who suffer from night terrors and sleep paralysis, trapping them in states of semi-consciousness, where they witness horrific visions, but

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A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY Gets a New Trailer

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Lego documentary, titled A Lego Brickumentary, which takes a look at everyone’s favorite building blocks and the history behind what would become one of the most successful toy brands in the

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Tribeca 2015: TOTO AND HIS SISTERS Review

Romanian documentary Toto and His Sisters (Toto si surorile lui) is a great example of how fact can be far more captivating than fiction.

Writer/director Alexander Nanau takes an unflinching look on the lives of three siblings – Ana-Maria (17), Andreea Violeta (14) and Toto (10) – who must take care of themselves and each other amid an abysmal, poverty-stricken, drug-riddled environment. With absent fathers and an imprisoned mother, the trio must find ways to feed and clothe themselves, get an education and avoid becoming pulled into the treacherous grip of heroin addiction, continuously looming over them.

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MONKEY KINGDOM Review

Although its characters are not as adorable, kind and tender as Disneynature’s trailer for Monkey Kingdom would like you to believe, the documentary still manages to have us rooting for some of the more ruthless members Temple Troop, a family of Sri Lankan toque macaque monkeys, by its end.

Opening with the aptly selected theme song, “Hey, Hey We're The Monkees,” from the 1960s Monkees television show, the film offers up a montage of these playful “temple monkeys” bounding back and forth between ancient ruins and tree branches and swinging from each other’s tails.

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Tribeca 2015: THE BIRTH OF SAKE Trailer

The first trailer for Erik Shirai‘s upcoming documentary The Birth of Sake has been released, which is set to make its premiere this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows one of the few remaining traditional sake breweries in Japan,

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Tribeca 2015: THE DIPLOMAT Trailer From HBO Docs

HBO has released a new trailer for its upcoming documentary The Diplomat, ahead of its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, kicking off this week in New York City. The film take a look at the life of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

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Tribeca 2015: Bullfighter Doc GORED Gets a Trailer

A new trailer has been released for Ido Mizrahy‘s upcoming documentary Gored, which looks at famed bullfighter Antonio Barrera and his career as the most gored bullfighter ever.

The film will be making its premiere April 16th at next week’s Tribeca Film

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DIOR AND I Review

Frédéric Tcheng’s feature-length documentary Dior and I offers an unprecedented look inside one of the few high fashion (haute couture) houses that still employ some of the most talented seamstors and seamstress in the world, tirelessly working in traditional studios (ateliers) assembling by hand what will hopefully become runway-ready frocks.

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SNL Doc LIVE FROM NEW YORK! Gets a Release Date

Premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Live From New York!, the upcoming documentary about Saturday Night Live has received an official release date from Abramorama. The film, directed by Bao Nguyen, will screen in select cities beginning June 12th.

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AMY WINEHOUSE Doc Gets a Trailer

A24 debuted the first trailer for Asif Kapadia‘s (Senna) upcoming Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, which takes a took at the famous musician’s life, career, and her untimely death in 2011.

Amy is slated to hit theaters sometime this Summer.

 


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THE BIG GOLD DREAM Review

These days, the concept of record labels and bands being on indies versus majors has all but faded away with the advent of the internet and easy, cost-effective methods to self-distribute music. Back in day, bands would strive to get signed and often be presented with the decision of staying on a small indie label or heading to a major label, most likely gaining more fame and wealth but a the cost of their artistic integrity.