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  • One of the greatest living guitarists, improvisers and bandleaders receives a fittingly humble tribute in Emma Franz's loose and personable Bill Frisell: A Portrait. Franz's doc, unlike too many about jazz musicians, actually makes room...

  • Errol Morris's murky, evening-long epic Wormwood is the kind of true-crime documentary where you just know someone will pronounce, in the final hour or so, "For me, part of the story is that you can't tell the story." From the opening...

  • Watching Liam O'Donnell's Beyond Skyline, a Los Angeles-set alien-invasion action sequel to 2010's critically-panned-but-audience-adored Skyline, had me rethinking how I approached film criticism. Sci-fi-loving movie freaks took a...

  • Jared Moshe has a thing for graves. His debut, Dead Man's Burden (2012), which unfolds in the wake of the Civil War, opened with a murder and a funeral, and took place almost entirely on a single homestead surrounded by tombstones. The...

  • Yes, if you were to jot down a list of things you expect to happen in The Leisure Seeker -- a comic drama in which a married couple facing their last days embark on a Massachusetts-to-Key West Winnebago road trip -- you would almost...

  • Much like a day at elementary school, this vérité wonder is exhausting, heartening, raucous, tender, occasionally dull, sometimes tearful and ultimately a vital public good. Veteran wife-and-husband documentarian team Petra...

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