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  1. anniversaries
    XXXTentacion’s Estate Announces New Documentary and AlbumThe controversial rapper died one year ago today.
  2. fact check
    What Did Martin Scorsese Make Up in Rolling Thunder Revue: a Bob Dylan Story?The Netflix doc blends fact and fiction so seamlessly you might not know what to believe.
  3. movie review
    Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue Brilliantly Spins a Bob Dylan Tall TaleBob Dylan is clearly here to mess with us, as is our director.
  4. interviews
    How a Reality Show About Strippers Turned Into an Anti–Magic Mike Documentary“It was like anti–Magic Mike. None of this was happening in some theater or in a glamorous nightclub.”
  5. trailer mix
    Watch the Trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan Sort of DocumentaryMind you, some of this isn’t quite real.
  6. tv review
    Running With Beto Says More About the Political Climate Than About Beto O’RourkeThe HBO documentary sidesteps mythologizing its subject in favor of capturing a flash point in Texas political history.
  7. documentaries
    A New Doc Boldly Argues for Deep Space Nine’s Place in the Black TV CanonThe revolutionary series deserves to be considered as one of the great cultural artifacts of the 1990s.
  8. that don't impress me much
    Werner Herzog Has Heard Paul F. Tompkins’s Impression of Him and He Has Notes“That’s good stuff.”
  9. trailer mix
    Waterworks Are Coming in This Game of Thrones: The Last Watch Doc TrailerHBO’s behind-the-scenes documentary of the last season.
  10. documentaries
    Kulap Vilaysack Is Ready to Share Her Origin StoryTalking with Vilaysack about her deeply personal documentary, podcasting, and Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.
  11. clips
    Watch Dr. Ruth Read From the Diary She Kept During the HolocaustIn this clip from the new documentary Ask Dr. Ruth, the famed sex therapist reveals heartbreaking details about her childhood.
  12. at the heart of gold
    Erin Lee Carr Tackles the ‘Whiplash’ of Abuse at the Heart of USA GymnasticsThe At the Heart of Gold director says making a film about the survivors of Larry Nassar and the youth gymnastics system changed her as a person.
  13. movie review
    Werner Herzog Brings a Soviet Leader to Tears in Meeting GorbachevSometimes, a history lesson works better when it’s a little ragged and personal.
  14. documentaries
    How Did Netflix’s Knock Down the House Predict AOC’s Rise? It Didn’t.“We had a whole plan. It was going to be gritty and dark, and we were going to tell it like it is.” Then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won.
  15. tribeca film festival 2019
    Tribeca’s Sublime Doc Mostly Misses the PointThere’s a hurried slickness to Sublime that ultimately hampers any attempt to offer the definitive account of the band’s history.
  16. d'angelo
    The Ever-Elusive D’Angelo Is Working On His Next AlbumThe news comes from the director of his new documentary.
  17. documentaries
    Iconic L.A. Club The Comedy Store Is Getting a Docu-Series at ShowtimeThe four-part series will air sometime next year.
  18. movie review
    Penguins Would Be Amazing With the Sound Turned OffDisney’s nature documentary could do without its 1980s power-pop soundtrack.
  19. movie review
    Satanic Temple Documentary Hail Satan? Might Just Turn You Into a SatanistFilmmaker Penny Lane offers a fascinating look at the surprisingly sincere free-speech rabble-rousers.
  20. vulture lists
    The 50 Best Music Documentaries of All TimeFrom Woodstock to Beyoncé’s Homecoming, these films are as essential to understanding the artists as any of their records.
  21. homecoming
    Just Drop the Blue Ivy Album AlreadyIt’s time for Bluechella.
  22. documentaries
    Scott Rudin Is Producing a To Kill a Mockingbird Documentary for HBOLikely to air this fall.
  23. movie review
    Aretha Franklin’s Concert Doc Amazing Grace Is TranscendentThe long-buried documentary, which Franklin blocked from theaters, is finally being released.
  24. interview
    The Wild Story Behind Aretha Franklin’s Long-Delayed Documentary, Amazing Grace“It’s all crazy. It’s the craziest story that I know of in show business. I think we’ve lapped the field on crazy.”
  25. true crime
    Watch an Exclusive Clip From HBO’s The Case Against Adnan Syed FinaleCould DNA evidence potentially exonerate Adnan?
  26. backstories
    The Ingeniously Nerdy Filmmaking Secrets of Documentary Now!The IFC show’s directors break down, in extreme detail, how they pulled off the visual parodies of season three.
  27. chat room
    Michael C. Hall on Documentary Now!, Bowling, and Why Alf Is ‘Rude’In the season finale of IFC’s parody series Doc Now!, the Dexter actor plays “the best bowler in the world.”
  28. movie review
    You Need to See the Steve Bannon Doc The BrinkIt’s the year’s most urgent documentary.
  29. roll clip!
    The Birds in Netflix’s New Nature Doc Are Some Big Ole FreaksTickle my face with your tail feather so I know it’s real.
  30. theranos
    Why the Errol Morris Shade in Alex Gibney’s The Inventor Is So BrutalHere’s what lies behind those Interrotron shots.
  31. scams
    The Most Bizarre Moments From the Elizabeth Holmes DocumentaryThere’s more to learn about the disgraced blood-testing entrepreneur.
  32. theranos
    A Deeply Creepy GIF Guide to HBO’s Elizabeth Holmes DocumentaryNot for the faint of heart. Or anybody who’s afraid of needles.
  33. sundance 2019
    Alex Gibney’s Theranos Documentary Stares Deeply into Elizabeth Holmes’s EyesThe Inventor fixates on the would-be disrupter’s face as it tries to understand her captivating effect on Silicon Valley.
  34. close reads
    Leaving Neverland and Surviving R. Kelly Ask Too Much of VictimsBoth demand an emotional labor that reveals how entrenched we are in rape culture, even as we attempt to pass a sweeping referendum on it.
  35. tv review
    The Case Against Adnan Syed Is an Empathetic ReckoningIn this HBO docuseries, Hae Min Lee rightfully becomes the center of a murder case that’s captivated millions.
  36. movie review
    Lil Peep Documentary Is a Deeply Affecting Character Study of the Late RapperEverybody’s Everything arrives at some kind of truth about the risks and rewards of an artist with seemingly no boundaries.
  37. scams
    20/20 to Air Its Own Special About the Elizabeth Holmes Theranos DebacleThe ABC News podcast The Dropout, also about Holmes, premiered in January.
  38. leaving neverland
    She Wrote the Book on Michael Jackson. Now She Wishes It Said More.Pulitzer Prize winner Margo Jefferson revisits her 2006 book, On Michael Jackson, in the wake of Leaving Neverland.
  39. trailer mix
    Amazing Grace Trailer: Aretha Franklin, in All Her GlorySee the concert doc in theaters April 5.
  40. trailer mix
    Alec Baldwin Wears John DeLorean’s Eyebrows in the Framing John DeLorean TrailerCould the parking-spot feud have been Method acting?
  41. documentaries
    I Am Richard Pryor Documentary Makes Its TV Debut Next WeekTiffany Haddish, Lily Tomlin, Mike Epps, and more show up in the film.
  42. documentaries
    Amazon Documentary Plans to Capture Jonas Brothers in Their Natural HabitatThe band recently released “Sucker,” their first single in six years.
  43. vulture recommends
    The Legend of Jimmy Breslin and Pete HamillHBO’s Deadline Artists documentary is a celebration of two New York journalism giants.
  44. tv review
    Leaving Neverland Is a Chilling Indictment of Michael Jackson’s LegacyThe HBO doc illuminates not just Jackson’s alleged underage sex abuse, but the forces that kept people from talking about it.
  45. the show must go on
    If You Liked Their Oscars Set, Adam Lambert and Queen Hope You’ll Love Their DocBased on his reaction at the Academy Awards, Javier Bardem is about to go nuts for The Show Must Go On.
  46. true crime
    Abducted in Plain Sight’s Jan Broberg on Why She Forgave Her Parents“The reality is that my parents were victims too, and this man was just a master manipulator.”
  47. documentary now!
    Get to Know the Films That Inspired Documentary Now!Your guide to watching the major titles that the IFC series has parodied in the past and will spoof in its new season.
  48. trailer mix
    The Trailer for The Case Against Adnan Syed Revives Your Serial Obsession“Nobody realized it was going to turn into anything big.”
  49. trailer mix
    Watch the Trailer for the Controversial Michael Jackson Doc Leaving NeverlandComing to HBO in March.
  50. chat room
    Oscar-Nominated Minding the Gap Director Bing Liu on American Masculinity Crisis“My take in this film was the way in which we do or don’t deal with emotions manifests itself in every aspect of your life.”
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