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  1. q&a
    MLK/FBI Delves Into the ‘Darkest Part’ of FBI HistorySam Pollard’s documentary chronicles the bureau’s yearslong campaign of governmental harassment, wiretapping, and attempted defamation.
  2. movie review
    The Dissident Is a Grisly Look at the Life and Death of Jamal KhashoggiIt’s a complex, damning portrait of how Saudi Arabia dealt with a citizen who turned on the regime.
  3. trailer mix
    Pretend It’s a City Trailer: Martin Scorsese Presents Fran Lebowitz’s New YorkA new Scorsese doc, coming to Netflix on January 8.
  4. roll clip!
    Step Forward and Watch This Sneak Peek of The Beatles: Get BackPeter Jackson unveiled five minutes of cheery footage, giving us a sense of “the spirit of the film.”
  5. documentaries
    With Drawn Arms Resurrects the Story of Tommie Smith for TodayInformally screened for players in both the NBA and the WNBA bubble, it chronicles the Olympian’s singular path from athleticism to activism
  6. tv review
    HBO’s New Bee Gees Documentary Does More Than Just DiscoThe Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart smartly contextualizes the story of one of the most successful groups in pop history.
  7. trailer mix
    Say ‘How You Doin’?’ to the First Trailer for Wendy Williams: The MovieFinally, a Lifetime biopic about a native New Yorker.
  8. docuseries
    How John Wilson Made the Perfect COVID-Era TV FinaleThe documentarian discusses the unexpectedly moving episode of his HBO series.
  9. it’s a pink friday
    Nicki Minaj’s Long-Awaited Docuseries Is Heading to HBO MaxHBO Max better get ready for the Barbz.
  10. trailer mix
    Meet Tekashi Before the Tattoos in the 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez TrailerYou can watch this investigation into 69’s rise now, if you’re into that.
  11. trailer mix
    See the Trailer for Errol Morris’s Timothy Leary Doc My Psychedelic Love StoryA tale of LSD-fueled adventures, and FBI intrigue.
  12. trailer mix
    Tekashi 6ix9ine Speaks After His Prison Release in Showtime Doc SupervillainThe three-part series will premiere in early 2021.
  13. my album is dropping
    Bruce Springsteen Writes a Letter to You, Releases New Album and Apple TV+ DocThe documentary captures the process of the five days he spent recording the album at his home studio in Colts Neck, New Jersey.
  14. close reads
    Before NXIVM and The Vow, Mark Vicente Directed a Truly Bizarre Hit DocumentaryA look back at What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?, the 2004 indie phenom that Vicente made back when he was the student of another dubious guru figure.
  15. culture
    Hot, Normal-Seeming Guy Goes About LifeThe new Shawn Mendes documentary promises to show us a guy doing whatever.
  16. trailer mix
    Here’s Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You Doc Trailer, Just for YouCapturing his marathon five-day recording session with the E Street Band.
  17. roll clip!
    Totally Under Control Clip: How Volunteers Ran Jared Kushner’s COVID Task ForceIn a clip from Alex Gibney’s new doc, Max Kennedy Jr. details how he and several other unpaid 20-somethings secured PPE for America.
  18. stand-up
    The Challenge of Making a Comedy Store Documentary From the InsideA chat with director Mike Binder about his five-part series on the legendary comedy club.
  19. defenses
    Believe It or Not, Facebook Isn’t Happy About Netflix Doc The Social DilemmaAnd the issues are outlined in a seven-point post.
  20. trailer mix
    Watch the Perfectly Timed Trailer for COVID Documentary Totally Under ControlLooks like Alex Gibney understands timing.
  21. stand-up
    David Letterman Was ‘Petrified’ the First Time He Performed at the Comedy StoreShowtime’s documentary series about the club debuts October 4.
  22. trailer mix
    Showtime’s Belushi Documentary Looks Back on the Life of a Comedy Legend“We fell in love the moment we met. It was just high wattage from day one.”
  23. movies
    Why Wait for Death?In her new film, Kirsten Johnson documents the loss of her father to dementia — while “killing” him over and over again.
  24. my octopus teacher
    So How Horny Is the Netflix Octopus Movie?Y’all are unwell.
  25. movie review
    RBG Is the Best Imaginable Retaliation to MansplainingYes, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc is a hagiography, but it has its cheeky aspect.
  26. teasers
    HBO’s New Docuseries How To With John Wilson Is Nathan Fielder ApprovedHe produced it!
  27. recommendations
    The Love Story We All Need Right NowWatch this gorgeous documentary about the love between a man and an octopus — and weep over the beauty and majesty of life.
  28. trailer mix
    Jim Carrey, David Letterman, More Appear in Showtime’s The Comedy Store TrailerThe four-part docuseries debuts on October 4.
  29. this is paris
    Paris Hilton Describes Her Utah Boarding-School Experience As ‘Living in Hell’She opens up about the 11 months she spent at Provo Canyon School in the doc This Is Paris, debuting on September 14 on YouTube.
  30. my single is dropping
    If Janelle Monáe’s New Song Won’t Get You to the Polls, We Don’t Know What Will“Turntables” is for the voter-suppression documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy.
  31. now streaming
    The 25 Best True-Crime Documentaries on NetflixFrom Making a Murderer to Wormwood, the service is full of true-crime hits.
  32. oh bless the lord my soul
    Prepare Ye, a Stephen Schwartz Documentary ApproachesDefying Gravity chronicles the life’s work of the artist behind shows like Wicked and Godspell.
  33. nxivm
    What to Know About HBO’s The Vow and the NXIVM Sex CultA guide to the docuseries’ main players and the organization’s inner workings, subsequent trials and convictions, and ongoing work.
  34. trailer mix
    Class Action Park Documentary Trailer: Amusement Parks, But Make It True CrimeSliding into HBO Max August 27.
  35. documentaries
    Can the Kids Can Save America?Steven Garza, the Texas teen star of the new documentary Boys State, isn’t so sure.
  36. movie review
    Boys State Is an Enthralling Doc About How the Kids Are (and Aren’t) All RightA mock state election among Texas teens ends up being an entertaining reflection of the American political id in this Apple TV+ documentary.
  37. documentaries
    A George Carlin Documentary Directed by Judd Apatow Is in the WorksComing to HBO sometime in the future.
  38. tv about movies
    Ava DuVernay Is Making an HBO Max Show Based on One Perfect Shot Twitter AccountEach episode will take a deep dive into a director’s “most iconic shot,” as well as a seminal cinematic image that influenced their career.
  39. movie review
    God Bless the Go-Go’s and This Documentary About the Go-Go’sThe Go-Go’s, debuting on Showtime, is a rollicking portrait of a seminal band, and an acute examination of female ambition.
  40. the legend
    Where Is Bill Bakula, Walter Mercado’s Ex-Manager, Now?The filmmakers behind Netflix’s Mucho Mucho Amor explain how they tracked down the man who made and destroyed the famous astrologer’s career.
  41. the most
    Charli XCX Releasing Doc About Her Quarantine Album As If She Hasn’t Done Enough6ft apart will follow the making of how i’m feeling now.
  42. true crime
    What to Know About I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and the Golden State KillerA guide to Michelle McNamara’s investigation, the hunt for the Golden State Killer, and how he was finally caught.
  43. youtube originals
    A New Demi Lovato Docuseries Is Coming to YouTube to Break UsPlus, James Charles’s Instant Influencer is getting a second season!
  44. the view from home
    Director Stanley Nelson Is Proud His Children Left Him to Go ProtestThe documentarian hopes the industry understands, “This is not an opportunity for white filmmakers to get another commission.”
  45. documentaries
    How Lenox Hill Filmed a Special Coronavirus Episode Inside a HospitalFor 33 days over two months, the Netflix docuseries witnessed the pandemic erupt inside a Manhattan hospital.
  46. movie review
    Be Water Is a Sports Doc with Righteous RageIn fact, it doesn’t feel like a sports doc at all. You walk away convinced that Bruce Lee was an artist more than anything else.
  47. blackout tuesday
    12 Documentaries You Should Watch About Racism and Police Brutality in AmericaThey are worth watching today and always.
  48. movie review
    On the Record Is Imperfect, Provocative, and Utterly NecessaryThe documentary detailing accusations of sexual assault against Russell Simmons proves to be a compelling and uneven work of the Me Too era.
  49. documentaries
    In AKA Jane Roe, a ‘Deathbed Confession’ Was Never the Plan“I was shocked,” documentarian Nick Sweeney says of Norma McCorvey’s onscreen confession. “It was not what I expected.”
  50. movie review
    Spaceship Earth Casts a Sympathetic Lens on a Much-Ridiculed Failed UtopiaMatt Wolf’s very entertaining documentary about Biosphere 2 sets out to liberate its architects and participants from their fate as a punch line.
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