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  • 9 Muses of Star Empire
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    9 Muses of Star Empire

    The opening scenes promise a backstage look at the South Korean girl group 9 Muses, but this 2012 documentary is really about the culture industry's transformation of young women into marketable commodities. more...
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    Abdia do Nasciemento

    The subject of this 2011 Brazilian documentary was an early demonstrator for Afro-Brazilian civil rights, the founder of the enormously influential Black Experimental Theater (founded in the 40s), a professor at many prominent American universities (including Wesleyan and Yale), a senator, and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. more...
  • All the Rage
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    All the Rage

    Michael Galinsky abandoned this documentary about Dr. John Sarno in 2004 but revived it years later after debilitating back pain prompted him to reconnect with the acclaimed but controversial physician. more...
  • Babe's and Ricky's Inn

    In this lively documentary about the titular nightclub that for decades lured blues musicians to South Central LA, the numbers are so electric one wishes director Ramin Niami had made a full-scale concert film instead of shooting his footage during the joint's closing days. more...
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    Ballplayer: Pelotero

    This competent documentary looks at the training and recruiting of baseball players in the Dominican Republic, which produces nearly 20 percent of athletes in the major leagues. more...
  • Barista
  • Barista

    Rock Baijnauth's documentary follows five subjects as they train for and eventually face off in a national barista competition, creating an espresso, a cappuccino, and a specialty drink for four judges in less than 15 minutes. more...
  • Basically, Johnny Moped
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    Basically, Johnny Moped

    One of the oddest first-wave British punk bands was Johnny Moped, a genial quartet that dressed like unassuming middle-class guys and whose lead singer (also called Johnny Moped) was mentally ill. This documentary portrait of the group is familiar in its execution, intercutting vintage performance footage with talking-head interviews with surviving band members and friends, but the story is definitely novel and the agreeable tone is hard to resist. more...
  • Bayou Maharaja
  • Bayou Maharaja

    One of many fascinating moments in this 2013 profile of New Orleans piano man James Booker—the self-proclaimed "Black Liberace"—occurs early on, when an admiring Harry Connick Jr., perched in front of the keys, visually breaks down Booker's complex, confluent style. more...
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    Be Like an Ant

    Directed by Mike Plante, this 2011 documentary looks at a Vietnam veteran living in upstate New York who funnels all his energy into "an extension to his mobile home" that "gradually grew into an elaborate four-story structure that stands like a dark fortress tucked deep inside his wooded property." more...
  • Behemoth

    By the time you read this, Donald Trump may already have announced our withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement. more...
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    Bestiaire

    With this nearly wordless Canadian documentary, director Denis Coté muses about the relationship between civilized human beings and exotic animals, suggesting that people benefit from the arrangement more than animals do. more...
  • Booger Red
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    Booger Red

    Inspired by a 2009 story in Texas Monthly, this fictionalized documentary (2015) takes place in the aftermath of the "Mineola Seven" case, in which residents of the title town were accused of operating a child-sex ring. more...