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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.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
When Chris Cotter set out to make his documentary about human-rights atrocities in Eritrea, his goal was for it to have an impact. Now it appears it is. This week, the West Chester filmmaker screened his work, Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus , for employees at the State Department, who he hopes will use it to spread the word. The film has also aired or has scheduled showings in New York, California, London, and Barcelona. But the most heartening news might have come from an advocate for an Eritrean who had fled his homeland and was seeking asylum in Europe.
SPORTS
December 28, 2015 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
According to the Huffington Post, an investigative documentary by Al Jazeera alleges that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and other prominent professional athletes received human growth hormones from a Texas-based pharmacist. The Huffington Post viewed the documentary, The Dark Side , before it was scheduled to be aired Sunday night. Howard, 36, denied to Al Jazeera that he used the drug. He was alleged to have received performance enhancers from Charlie Sly, a pharmacist who once worked at an antiaging clinic in Indiana.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
SPORTS
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...
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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June 4, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Which do you prefer: hope or truth? It's a tough question when it comes to films about the environment. Do you want alarmist stats about global warming, deforestation, and the lack of clean water in poor regions? Or bromides about how our ingenuity can solve it all? Al Gore went with hard facts in 2006's An Inconvenient Truth , which tried to convert global-warming deniers. A decade later, America remains divided. Perhaps that's why Charles Ferguson's documentary Time to Choose is so upbeat.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
When Chris Cotter set out to make his documentary about human-rights atrocities in Eritrea, his goal was for it to have an impact. Now it appears it is. This week, the West Chester filmmaker screened his work, Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus , for employees at the State Department, who he hopes will use it to spread the word. The film has also aired or has scheduled showings in New York, California, London, and Barcelona. But the most heartening news might have come from an advocate for an Eritrean who had fled his homeland and was seeking asylum in Europe.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Quentin Tarantino isn't known for making genteel pictures. But even his die-hard fans were taken aback by the level of violence in The Hateful Eight , his eighth feature and second western, following 2011's explosive slavery epic, Django Unchained . Boasting a remarkable all-star ensemble cast - including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, and Tim Roth - the new film was released this week on disc and digital download....
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Chuck Darrow, For the Daily News
During the last four decades, Philly singer-songwriter Kenn Kweder could only watch as others who came out of the local rock scene he helped midwife in the 1970s rocketed past him. The late Robert Hazard, the A's, and the Hooters are just some of the acts that landed national recording contracts while he remained virtually unknown outside the Delaware Valley. Yet it's the 64-year-old Southwest Philly native who is the subject of a full-length documentary feature that has its world premiere in two screenings at International House on Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2016 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
Filmmaker Gilberto Gonzalez has fond memories of growing up in the 1970s in the Puerto Rican enclave of Spring Garden. On weekends - when he woke up in the morning or fell asleep at night - he listened to men in the nearby park singing and drumming songs from their island home. But those also were tough times in Philadelphia's original barrio , darkened by violence with non-Puerto Ricans and ongoing tension with law enforcement. And it's the reason the 20Gs came to be the protectors of the neighborhood.
SPORTS
February 15, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Buddy Ryan was a jerk, and the 1985 Chicago Bears, at least on the defensive side of the ball, were a reflection of their brash coordinator. That's what I'd always believed. So a recent ESPN documentary on both was a surprise. Touching, funny, engrossing, and most of all revealing of the characters hidden behind the caricatures, The '85 Bears was an example of how a talented filmmaker can transform a subject of limited interest into a work of art. It was, like most of ESPN's "30 for 30" films, so good you could almost forgive the network for having made SportsCenter nearly unwatchable.
NEWS
February 15, 2016
It is the real-life portrait of a North Philadelphia family filmed over nearly a decade. The small, everyday moments - and the stakes and drama attached to them. A father working a job delivering circulars in the North Philly dawn. Or being hassled by police outside his home. A conversation between a mother and daughter, as she braids her child's hair. A daughter pressing for a later curfew. It's a family shown in all its complexity and beauty and playfulness - and it's a look into the crushing realities that threaten each of them.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nineteenth-century Philadelphia is often characterized as a center of abolitionist thought and a haven for Southern slaves seeking freedom. But that is a simplification, as we learn from the latest installment of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment , an ongoing half-hour documentary series produced by Philadelphia entrepreneur Sam Katz's History Making Productions. It will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on 6ABC. Titled "Disorder: 1820-1854," the sixth installment of the 13-part series explores the racist sentiment widespread among working-class whites who felt displaced by the city's growing number of free blacks.
NEWS
January 20, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
On Jan. 25, 1981, days after their long captivity in Iran ended, 52 former hostages and their families watched Super Bowl XV in the Thayer Hotel's wood-paneled Patton Tavern, where American flags were nearly as plentiful as the yellow ribbons at New Orleans' Superdome. If they diverted their eyes from the colorful Eagles-Raiders telecast, these newly minted heroes could look out the tavern's windows and see both the ice-crusted Hudson River and the U.S. Military Academy, whose castle-like structures were citadels of a freedom they had been denied for 444 days.
NEWS
January 1, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
I was excited when I heard one of the writers of The Office had created a workplace sitcom set at a Walmart-ian bargain basement box store. It's a tantalizing idea with plenty of room for goofy fun and social satire alike. I should have known better. NBC's America Ferrera vehicle, Superstore , premiering at 8 p.m. Monday, is an unimaginative, run-of-the-mill network affair full of stock characters, flat dialogue, and too many poop references. It's one of two new and very different shows next week.
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