Aaron Hillis

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  • In 1983 — as chronicled in Dutch investigative reporter Peter R. de Vries's best-seller — five financially desperate childhood pals turned to crime, capturing wealthy beer magnate Freddy Heineken (and his chauffeur, Ab Doderer) in...

  • Playing upon the universality of being anxiously broke, Bulgarian filmmaking duo Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's stark, stealthy and dispassionately shot social-realist drama traps viewers in what turns out to be a precisely paced,...

  • In northwestern New Mexico, the city of Gallup has been nicknamed the "Heart of Indian Country" for its large, culturally significant Native American population, though it was also controversially dubbed "Drunk Town, U.S.A." by 20/20 in a...

  • Nineteenth-century Italian violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini was rumored to have made a Faustian pact in order to play like the devil, though the flexibility that enabled him to cover three octaves across four strings with one hand was more...

  • When the coal dust settles, writer-director Sara Colangelo's soberly compassionate debut — a West Virginia mining-town drama, well-acted and impressively shot on location, as reworked from her 2010 short of the same title —...

  • In 2004, four ambitious Hispanic high schoolers in Phoenix — three of them undocumented immigrants, all of them underdogs with limited resources and prospects — defeated MIT's brightest (and better-bankrolled) in an...