ask dr ruth trailer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is here to talk sex, baby. And don’t let her diminutive appearance and advanced age throw you off. America’s most famous sex therapist is getting the documentary treatment in the new Hulu film Ask Dr. Ruth, which chronicles Westheimer’s path from Holocaust survivor to advocate on the front lines of sex awareness and LGBT rights. Watch the Ask Dr. Ruth trailer below.

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Pavarotti trailer

Ron Howard is leaving Star Wars behind and heading to the opera. The filmmaker’s latest is the documentary Pavarotti, focusing on the opera singer who became one of the most successful tenors of all time, Luciano Pavarotti. The doc will feature both classic performances from the late tenor, as well as never-before-seen footage. Watch the Pavarotti trailer below.

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Memory The Origins of Alien Review

One of the most anticipated films at Sundance this year, certainly among cinephiles was the latest deep-div making of work from Swiss-born filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe, who previously has looked into fandom’s disenchantment with George Lucas (The People vs. George Lucas), zombie culture (Doc of the Dead), and his critically acclaimed 2017 detailed look at Hitchcock’s Psycho shower scene (78/52).

While his new work, Memory—The Origins of Alien, began as a shot-by-shot look at that film’s ferocious chest-burster sequence, it eventually became clear to Philippe that there were forces and influences that went into the creation of Alien that went beyond standard-issue science fiction and horror. The film explores its roots in everything from Egyptian mythology, H.P. Lovecraft, parasitic wasps, comic books, and the paintings of Frances Bacon, while also making it a treat for those who want a peak behind the curtain of the film of one of Ridley Scott’s most influential works (although Scott himself is not interviewed).

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2019 oscar nominated shorts

It’s getting closer and closer to the February 24 Oscars ceremony, and if you’re still no closer to seeing all the nominees in time for your Oscar pool, fear not. All the 2019 Oscar nominated shorts, from animation to documentary to live-action, are coming to theaters. Here’s your chance to cry in the dark over Bao again.

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leaving neverland premiere date

The 4-hour Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland caused a stir at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The troubling film chronicles the stories of two men who claim they were both sexually abused as children over long periods of time by the world-famous Jackson. Fans of the late King of Pop were angry, claiming (without seeing the film) that Leaving Neverland was a smear campaign. While the threatened protests never arose, the experience of watching Leaving Neverland left Sundance audiences stunned, with many critics proclaiming the film to be extremely difficult to watch due to its shocking subject matter. Now, the doc will head to HBO next month. See the Leaving Neverland premiere date below.

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HGTV Brady Bunch House Renovation

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic sitcom The Brady Bunch. To celebrate, HGTV has something special in store for fans who have been waiting for some kind of reunion.

HGTV rounded up all six of the Brady kids from the original series to renovate the real house used for the exterior of the family home. And you’ll get to see how it all unfolds because HGTV is turning it into a special series that will air sometime later this year. Get a look at the HGTV Brady Bunch reunion below. Read More »

Horror Noire Review

The month of February observes Black History Month and Women in Horror Month. So, its fitting that the world premiere of Shudders first original documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror occurred on February 1. Featuring acute commentary from legendary actors, writers, and directors in the genre, Horror Noire provides critical analysis while delving into a century of genre films that utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced Black culture. Executive producers on the documentary include horror-loving academics and professionals including Robin R. Means Coleman, Ph.D, educator Tananarive Due, and Phil Nobile Jr., Editor-in-Chief of the recently resurrected Fangoria.

In a statement, director Xavier Burgin emphasizes: I want black boys, girls, men, and women to know their creativity is valid and justified when they watch. I want them to understand the massive triumphs and struggles that have led to a landscape where we can no longer be silenced. When they look up at the screen, they see themselves. That is the greatest gift Horror Noire can give.

This documentary is definitely a gift and here are five reasons why.   

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Jurassic Park Fyre Fraud Mash-Up

Right now you can watch two different documentaries about the disaster of an event called Fyre Festival. Netflix has Fyre, and Hulu made Fyre Fraud, and both give an extensive, laughable, and tragic look inside the work of notorious hustler Billy MacFarland and his failed upscale island. But this wasn’t the first highly publicized disaster that unfolded somewhere meant to be an incredible getaway destination.

Jurassic Park was going to be an unforgettable experience where crowds could get a look at real dinosaurs in front of their eyes. However, it turned out to be unforgettable for a much different reason when the park’s first visitors ended up in a nightmare worse than anyone could have anticipated. The new documentary Jurassic Fraud shows us what went wrong. Read More »

The Case Against Adnan Syed

Twenty years ago, a Baltimore high school student named Hae Min Lee was murdered. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, claimed he was innocent of the crime, but he was arrested and given a life sentence. This story came to the world’s attention back in 2014 as the subject of the first season of NPR’s mega-popular podcast Serial, and though it has somewhat faded from the pop culture consciousness five years later, documentarian Amy Berg is putting the spotlight on it again with a four-episode series that provides “new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state’s case” against Syed. Check out the first trailer for the upcoming docuseries below.

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our planet trailer

Netflix wants their own Planet Earth, so they’ve developed Our Planet, a gorgeous looking nature documentary featuring Planet Earth narrator David Attenborough as our guide. The nature series “explores stunning, never-before-seen habitats,” and features adorable animals, to boot. What more do you need? Watch the Our Planet trailer below.

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