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April 13, 1990 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
A startling and experimental documentary on the order of The Thin Blue Line, James Benning's Used Innocence enjoys its local premiere tonight at Doylestown's James-Lorah House Auditorium. Not even the convicted murderer can solve this murder mystery. Tonight, 7:30, Main & Broad Sts, Doylestown. CLOSELY WATCHED FILMS James-Lorah House Auditorium, Main & Broad Sts, Doylestown. Phone: 345-5663 or 297-8517. Tonight 7:30: Used Innocence, James Benning's structuralist documentary, in which the filmmaker becomes personally involved with the film's subject, a convicted murderer.
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August 16, 2012 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK had Max's Kansas City and CBGB's. Los Angeles boasted the Roxy. Liverpool, England, had its Cavern Club. Here in Philadelphia, the pre-eminent rock 'n' roll club for many moons was J.C. Dobbs, a long chute of a room and hangout on the "hippest street in town," a/k/a lower South Street. Hot and happening from 1975 to 1996, Dobbs was the place where local heroes such as Wilmington's George Thorogood and Robert Hazard were discovered, where bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Oasis, Green Day and Rage Against the Machine kick-started a buzz, and solo talents like Sarah McLachlan and Beck first faced and conquered a Philly contingent.
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April 9, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
50 CHILDREN: THE RESCUE MISSION OF MR. AND MRS. KRAUS. 9 p.m. Monday, HBO. EVERY SO OFTEN, a documentary comes along with a story so good, it's easy to imagine it as a feature film. "50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus," which premieres on HBO on Monday to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, is one such documentary: It has the characters, the plot points, and most importantly, it has the goose bumps. Which makes it all the more remarkable that the story of Philadelphians Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who left their own two children behind to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi Europe, wasn't much talked about until recently.
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June 3, 1996 | By Michael Vitez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Members of the Abril family hover over their father, who is being kept alive by a respirator. "It's in our hands," says a son, "whether he will live or not. " "It's over, right?" asks another son, his question more of a plea. "It's over, right? There's nothing we can do for him?" "If we remove the respirator, it will seem like we are killing him," anguishes a daughter. "We will be burdened by guilty feelings, that we took him off. " The anguish of the Abril family comes at the beginning of a powerful and timely one-hour documentary airing at 10 tonight on Channel 12. WHOSE Death Is It, Anyway?
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August 2, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - One year ago, after putting in a full day of work at her local department store, Betsy DelValley got home and pulled out her video camera. It was July 24, 2010, the day YouTube launched an experimental project asking users of the social-media site worldwide to submit videos about what transpired in their lives over 24 hours. The best submissions would be culled together for a documentary film. DelValley, then 19, was intrigued by the undertaking. The problem was, nothing all that exciting had transpired on the day she was meant to film.
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March 13, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
RORY KARPF didn't have any trouble coming up with the title for the ESPN "30 for 30" documentary he directed that airs on Selection Sunday at 9 p.m. "I Hate Christian Laettner" is the title of a film about the former Duke player who despite hitting "the shot" went on to become villified by people he never met. "They wanted to do this one on Christian," said Karpf, who has also done the "Book of Manning" and "Snoop & Son, A Dad's Dream" for...
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July 12, 2011
BACK IN THE DAY, when major league baseball resembled a half-vast plantation and teams owned players forever and a day, the Cardinals traded centerfielder Curt Flood to the Phillies. It was October 1969 and Flood got the news from the publicity guy, so far down the chain of command he rattled when he walked. Flood said, hell no, he won't go. What he actually said was, "In the history of man, there's no other profession except slavery where one man is tied to one owner for the rest of his life.
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February 11, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Temple University players LaMont Ferrell and Darrin Pearsall just wanted their former basketball coach to say yes . . . to a documentary . . . about his life . . . for television. But the coach in question was John Chaney. The answer - not surprising - was a repeated and defiant "No!" So Ferrell and Pearsall, once high school basketball stars and rivals, staged an intervention. They gathered 10 of Chaney's former players to convince the 82-year-old Hall of Fame coach that not only was his life worth the effort, but, more important, the filmmakers wouldn't get on his nerves.
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October 3, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IT'S NOT FUNNY and it won't amuse you. There's no clowning around in ESPN's latest Emmy-winning "30 for 30" documentary. The series, in its fifth season, kicks off with "Playing for the Mob," which chronicles the point-shaving scandal Boston College's men's basketball team was involved in during the 1978-79 season. Fans of the film "Goodfellas" will be familiar with some of those involved as Jimmy "The Gent" Burke and Henry Hill were among the mob associates who convinced four BC players to help fix games.
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April 22, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
Morgan Spurlock may be a supersized presence in the world of documentary, but he sounds like a guy who's ready to leave the genre behind. Certainly he doesn't want to do it forever. "I hope not," he said. "There are actually a couple of narrative films that I'm attached to right now. One is with Leonardo DiCaprio's company. It's kind of an Erin Brockovich-ish type movie. " Spurlock is promoting "POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold," his documentary about product placement in Hollywood movies and new trends in advertising.
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July 15, 2015 | By Carrie Rickey, For The Inquirer
The camera sees what the eyes cannot. Consider The Impressionists and the Man Who Made Them , Phil Grabsky's documentary complementing the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting . To appreciate the art Durand-Ruel championed, the film biography encourages audiences to see through the keen eyes of the premier dealer of avant-garde painting, the inventor of the modern gallery....
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July 10, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
CONTRARY to Amy Winehouse's own self-created myth, when they tried to make her go to rehab, she actually said yes, yes, yes. Her most adamant "no" came when they tried to force her onstage to honor contracts she was in no condition to fulfill. And who, exactly, is "they"? The engrossing new documentary "Amy" invites you to draw your own conclusions, but the movie's access to candid material makes devastating judgments about her inner circle, including her father, who enabled the documentary and has since angrily disowned it. Winehouse, we learn, grew up talented and troubled in working-class London - she left home as a young teen to escape what a friend described as "trouble at home.
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July 8, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Don't look for light cinematic fare for the opening Tuesday of the Philadelphia gay film festival qFLIX. Its second annual iteration, which runs through Sunday, will lead with a moody romantic drama, Beautiful Something , set here and shot by local director Joseph Graham. And the weighty stuff continues, with documentaries whose titles speak to global LGBT struggles, among them A Sinner in Mecca andthe savage, Ugandan-made Outed: The Painful Reality . One film being buzzed about in Philadelphia's gay community, however, has a comic streak as wide as the United States: Be Who You Are , a deceptively simple, charming, buoyant documentary to premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday at Prince Music Theater.
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June 12, 2015 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, Inquirer Staff Writer eichelm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5909
THERE IS a fascinating documentary to be made about "Saturday Night Live," the comedic institution that celebrated its 40th anniversary this season. But Bao Nguyen's "Live from New York!" acts more like a primer for newbies unfamiliar with the show's history, giving no real insight into Lorne Michaels' long-running creation. Nguyen, making his full-length documentary debut as a director, relies on cast members and regular guests of old to do the narration (the riotously funny Leslie Jones is one of the rare members of the current cast to get a chance to speak)
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May 18, 2015
COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea Tomorrowland Disney has been keeping a tight lid on news about its big-budget sci-fi feature, which takes its name from the theme parks and looks to be taking George Clooney on a wild ride across space and time. The good news: Brad Bird of The Incredibles, Ratatouille , and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol directs. PG Lambert & Stamp The Beatles had Brian Epstein, the Stones had Andrew Loog Oldham, and the Who. . .? The Who had a couple of guys with no experience, no connections, but who somehow managed to talk themselves into representing Daltrey, Moon, Townshend, and Entwistle.
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May 18, 2015 | John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF YOU PUT aside what you think you know about Allen Iverson, the documentary "Iverson" is a fascinating look into the soul of one of the most beloved, yet controversial, sports figures to perform in Philadelphia. Produced and directed by Zatella Beatty, "Iverson" debuts tonight at 9 o'clock on Showtime. The documentary, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, tells of the circumstances that turned a kid who could have been swallowed up by life in the projects into a man who became an unlikely international cultural icon through his basketball skills and stubborn anti-establishment personality.
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May 17, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is a fascinating story buried in Iverson , a biographical documentary of the 76ers great. Director Zatella Beatty does her best to tease it out of her subject. But her greenness at the helm shows, as she relies heavily on a cloying score, obvious imagery, and a simplistic structure. The film, which premiered at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, starts with Allen Iverson's hardscrabble youth in the projects of Newport News, Va., hitting on his controversial 1993 arrest after a bowling alley brawl (which leads to a cameo by current NBC10 reporter Monique Braxton)
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May 17, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
A work of bizarro genius, The Incredibly Dangerous Astonishing Lucrative and Potentially True Adventures of Barry Seal , at FringeArts only through Saturday, is not to be missed. Thaddeus Phillips gives us a brilliant, hilarious theater installation/conspiracy theory/telenovela/true-life drama about the titular drug smuggler and CIA informant. If you look up Barry Seal, you'll discover that not only was he a real person, but also that there are conflicting theories about his death.
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April 27, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - When Brett Morgen was working through the drawings, journals, home videos, and sound collages that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain left behind after taking his life in 1994, the filmmaker found a note to Cobain's then-girlfriend Tracey Marander, written in the late 1980s. "I'm going to work now," Cobain wrote. "When I'm gone please go through all my things and figure me out. " That was Morgen's task in 2007, when Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, approached him about making a film.
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