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    Ward No. 6 (NR)

    Chekhov's short story about a depressive doctor who winds up joining his own mental patients gets an offbeat millennial update from veteran Russian director Karen Shakhnazarov (Vanished Empire, The Rider Named Death). more...
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    Wasteland Utopias (NR)

    As flaky as a croissant, and nearly as enjoyable, this meandering experimental doc draws myriad discursive connections between the lives and legacies of two forgotten figures from the Cold War era: real-estate mogul Del Webb, whose Sun City development in Arizona initiated the unsustainable urbanization of the Sonoran desert, and Wilhelm Reich, the ex-Freudian heretic who preached sexual freedom and imagined he could reclaim the Sonoran for mankind by bombarding the sky with invisible life-force quanta he called “orgone radiation.” I have no idea whether director David Sherman really believes in Roswell UFOs and an Eisenhower-era “Weather Control Act,” but he sure knows how to have fun messing around with stock footage, old newsreels, lo-fi video reconstructions, and crank ideologies. more...
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    The Wild Hunt (NR)

    The phenomenon of live-action medieval role-playing games has already generated two documentaries—Darkon (2006) and Monster Camp (2007)—which definitely blunts the sword-edge of this Canadian drama. more...
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    World's Largest (NR)

    This ironic documentary about the outsize statues erected by small towns to draw tourists is about as stimulating as a drive along the interstate. more...