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Last updated April 17, 2024

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography Poster

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

2012 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

This documentary follows six teenagers who formed a skateboarding team in the 1980s, revitalizing the sport and becoming its top athletes: Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Rodney Mullen.
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2013 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Helmed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, this illuminating documentary chronicles the story of Shane Bitney Crone, who finds himself shut out and deprived of the legal protections of marriage after his same-sex partner dies in a tragic accident.
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2010 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

This fast-paced documentary profiles Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One racing, and a hero in his native Brazil. Using archival footage, director Asif Kapadia examines the idealistic Senna's inspiring legend.
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American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night Poster

American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

As host of "The Tonight Show" for 30 years, Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Explore Carson's life and career, as well as the history of his beloved television program.
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We Were Children

2012 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

This emotional film reflects the stories of two people who endured a Canadian program that forced First Nations children to negate their aboriginal identity. Separated from their families at a very young age, they faced brutality and mental abuse.
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Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey Poster

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This documentary presents the musical saga of Arnel Pineda, who goes from singing in Manila nightclubs to fronting the legendary rock band Journey. Brought into the group just before a world tour, Arnel must sell himself to Journey's many fans.
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The Short Game (Trailer) Poster

The Short Game (Trailer)

2013 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

They may only be grade schoolers, but these young golfers are already competing in a world championship on a prestigious North Carolina course that could secure one of them a future as a professional.
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Chasing Ice

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a record of the world's changing glaciers, compressing years into seconds to illustrate how these ice mountains are disappearing at a breathtaking rate.
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Indie Game: The Movie Poster

Indie Game: The Movie

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This captivating documentary follows several independent game designers as they painstakingly develop their games and hope for breakthrough success. It also explores the quirky sensibility these personalities bring to their art form.
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Beauty Is Embarrassing Poster

Beauty Is Embarrassing

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Get to know Wayne White, one of America's most unusual and arresting artists, with this snappy documentary that traces the ups and downs of his career. The jovial White discusses his art, strums the banjo, plays with puppets and simply enjoys life.
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Bill Cunningham New York

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Living simply and using a bicycle to get around New York, 80-year-old photographer Bill Cunningham tirelessly records what people are wearing in the city -- both out on the sidewalk and in the salons of the wealthy.
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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Poster

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This compelling documentary explores three years in the life of celebrated Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who uses social media and his art to inspire protests against the state, and suffers government persecution for his actions.
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Serving Life

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Filmed in a notorious Louisiana prison, this moving documentary chronicles the work of some inmates who find a sense of redemption for their past crimes by volunteering in the jail's hospice, offering compassion to other prisoners as they die.
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Searching for Sugar Man

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

The incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Decades after Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez disappeared following the failure of his two critically praised records in the 1970s, two fans from South Africa, where Rodriguez was a huge hit, try to track down their idol.
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First Position Poster

First Position

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Follow dancers training for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions. The stakes are high: their performances will determine the success or failure of their dreams.
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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path -- including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables -- that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health.
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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Poster

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Beloved by millions of children, Elmo is a global icon. However, few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary follows Clash's remarkable career as a puppeteer.
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Crime After Crime

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Convicted of killing her brutally abusive boyfriend in 1983, Deborah Peagler languished in prison for 20 years. When California legislation allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases becomes law, a pair of novice attorneys agree to take on her case. Armed with evidence of their client's innocence, the two encounter a bewildering maze of bureaucratic procedures and political corruption as they seek justice.
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Mitt (Trailer) Poster

Mitt (Trailer)

2013 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

With unprecedented access, this documentary captures Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, revealing a side of the candidate the public never saw.
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Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive Poster

Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Usain St. Leo Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who's widely regarded as the fastest man in the world and became a legend at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Waiting for Lightning Poster

Waiting for Lightning

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Danny Way's passion for skateboarding would one day bring him and his creation, a ramp of dangerous proportions, to the height of fame. This documentary captures pro skater Way as he attempts to jump the Great Wall of China.
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Buck Poster


2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Buck Brannaman, inspiration for "The Horse Whisperer," is revealed as a complex figure in this Sundance Audience Award winner for Best Documentary by Cindy Meehl. The master horseman reveals details of his troubled childhood and his dawning awareness of new ways that humans and horses might work with one another. As Buck learns more about horses, he finds that the ways we communicate with our animal companions offer lessons on how we relate to fellow human beings.
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The Other F Word Poster

The Other F Word

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

This insightful documentary examines the mid-life evolution of a generation of punk rockers, including Jim Lindberg, Art Alexakis and Flea, who must reconcile fatherhood and responsible family life with their status as legendary anti-authoritarians.
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Moto 4: The Movie Poster

Moto 4: The Movie

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Moto 4 dig deeps to find what pushes the top riders -- including seasoned champs Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey and rising stars Eli Tomac or Ken Roczen -- to keep elevating the sport of motocross.
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Katy Perry: Part of Me Poster

Katy Perry: Part of Me

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Pop star Katy Perry is captured on and offstage in this revealing diary of her California Dreams Tour, featuring her Los Angeles performances. The film shares the air of glamour and fun that radiates from this talented and unique artist.
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