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Whale Rider Film takes us to places we could never see and into lives we would never encounter. Niki Caro’s wondrous 2002 film Whale Rider does all that and more. Set in New Zealand amid the na,Home Movies / Out On Digital more

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Likemany of us, Ryan Jay was enchanted by The Wizard of Oz in childhood, back whenthe 1939 classic was an annual visitor on broadcast television. But for Jay,fascination inched close to obsession as he filled his room with toys, books,collecti.. more

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The documentary Merchants of Doubt surveys the history of fraudulent corporate science, starting with tobacco and “fire-retardant” fabric laced with toxins and ineffective against flames, but the main topic is global climate change. more

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<p> Werner Herzog earned his reputation in '70s art house, but lately the German director has focused most of his attention on documenting strange aspects of the real world. <em>Into the Abyss</em> (out on DVD) investigates the senseless triple .. more

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<p> Like many recent documentaries on the peculiar pastimes of everyday folks, <em>Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story </em>focuses on a subculture the rest of us little suspect: the Monopoly World Championship held every four years, usually.. more

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One of the great lies of marketing, maybe the biggest trick foisted on the public by the madmen, is the notion that bottled water is “purer,” “healthier,” that what flows from the tap. As shown in the award-winning documentary Tapped (out next m.. more

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When you’re the three guys in Rush—the same three guys who have been in Rush since 1974—you can call your current North American trek the “Time Machine Tour.” This “evening with Rush” will feature the band’s more

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Teenage angst sure was a lot more adorable in the 1980s than it would become in the 1990s, and perhaps nobody captured it better than director John Hughes, who passed away this summer. Arguably his signature film, the 1985 melodrama The Bre... more

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John Adams’ GnarlyButtons for clarinet and chamber orchestra was Present Music at i GnarlyButtons ,Classical Music/Dance more

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Most Americans give little thought to where our food comes from. Maybe it’s the instinctive reaction of averting one’s eyes from horror? And the assembly line slaughter of cows, pigs and chickens, and the factories producing unhealthy, junk food .. more

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Landmines are the threat that keeps on threatening. Years and even decades after the end of a conflict, the mines that were sown remain, always underfoot and ready to kill or maim. The documentary Disarm (out now on DVD) concerns the efforts .. more

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The Axe in the Attic opens with footage shot four months after Hurricane Katrina in a misty, ramshackle district of Louisiana. The camera takes in the scene from above before proceeding at an elegant pace up a rutted road, past trees turned to ki.. more

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Director Robert Gardner didn’t provide any voiceovers or even any subtitles to help viewers make sense of his 1986 ethnographic documentary Forest of Bliss. He just lets the cameras roll, quietly capturing everyday life in the Indian city o... more

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On Oct. 4, 1957 the world was startled when a new moon entered the Earth’s orbit. It was an artificial satellite, the first space probe, and its name was Sputnik. The US was frightened because its Cold War enemy, the Soviet Union, developed Sput.. more

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Released after the accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, at a time when Ronald Reagan escalated the arms race with the Soviet Union, The Atomic Café was a film in opposition. The documentary on American psychology in the first decade.. more

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The federal debt stands near nine trillion dollars, a sum nearly as incomprehensible as the measure of infinity. David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, calls it a “fiscal cancer” in I.O.U.S.A. and it’s hard to argue with him. A d.. more

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Every young blues performer in the late ’90s was burdened with comparisons to Jonny Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions ,Today in Milwaukee more

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Did you miss us at our last stop? Well, come on out to the Milwaukee Public Market infrom 3 to 5 pm (7/30)! The address is 400 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Meet the Shepherd Express Street Team as th,Promotions more

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To our eyes the past is black and white. From photographs of the Civil War through early footage of the Civil Rights Movement, the catalog of historical images is drawn mostly from black and white still and motion pictures. Even the existence of .. more

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