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Review: ‘Deli Man’ is full of flavour and heart Special

‘Deli Man’ is a documentary that demonstrates the distinctiveness of the delicatessen, as well as the devotion of those who eat at and run them.

A cappella group Pentatonix releases 'On My Way Home' documentary

A cappella group Pentatonix has released their newest "On My Way Home" documentary. It is available exclusively on Vimeo On Demand.

Review: New documentary reveals the consequence of little white lies Special

Why do so many of us lie and think it's no big deal? How does dishonesty cripple our economy, hurt our relationships and bruise our self-esteem? A new documentary, recently screened in Toronto, expertly answers those questions and many more.

Review: ‘Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World’ expands on the artist’s legacy Special

‘Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World’ is an in-depth documentary that is interested in more than just the famous artist who was recruited to design the creature in ‘Alien.’

Review: ‘Sunshine Superman’ soars to great documentary heights Special

‘Sunshine Superman’ is an excitement-filled documentary about the “crazy” man who pioneered BASE jumping in the ‘70s by leaping off a cliff at Yosemite National Park.

Review: ‘I Am Big Bird’ is a delightful record of the character and man Special

‘I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story’ is a charming documentary that recounts the life of the man who’s portrayed the famous Muppet for nearly 50 years.

Review: ‘Banksy Does New York’ captures the chaos, good and bad Special

‘Banksy Does New York’ is a record of how the city reacted to the artist’s 31-day residency that included a variety of multimedia art with a political undertone.

Review: Hot Docs’ ‘World Showcase’ provides new takes on war & violence Special

War and the effects of violence is of particular interest in this year’s Hot Docs “World Showcase” program, ranging from historical accounts to stories related to recent to headlines to a worldwide concern.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Special Presentations' demands your attention Special

Hot Docs’ “Special Presentation” section features several stories from which we can learn and highlights some issues we can still change.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Show me the Funny' showcases stand-up & sketch comedy Special

Documentaries have a reputation of being serious, but Hot Docs’ “Show me the Funny” program demonstrates they can have a humorous side too.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Screen on Screen' puts movies at the forefront Special

Film is a medium that can often be self-reflexive, analysing itself and its players. These types of documentaries are slotted into Hot Docs’ “Screen on Screen” program.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Nightvision' pushes film subjects to the outer limits Special

Hot Docs’ “Nightvision” program is for films that choose to exist outside the box, including those that capture gruelling tests of the human condition and the UN’s official strategy to handle an alien’s arrival.

Review: What’s 'Next' at this year’s Hot Docs Special

Hot Docs’ “Next” program takes fans behind-the-scenes to discover little know secrets about pop culture phenomena, all while being creative themselves.

Review: 'Canadian Spectrum' is Hot Docs’ salute to home Special

Hot Docs shines a spotlight on homegrown documentaries in its “Canadian Spectrum” program, which’s subjects extend beyond the country’s borders.

Op-Ed: The films you should be seeing at Toronto's Hot Docs 2015

North America's largest documentary film festival is slated to hit Toronto from April 23-May 3, and as usual there's a plethora of options. Here are some suggestions on what you should check out.

Op-Ed: 'Cloning the woolly mammoth' — A documentary

A recent documentary by Motherboard looks into the murky world of mammoth cloning. Focusing on the efforts of a company in South Korea, it poses the question of whether this is truly the advancement of science or just big business?

Review: ‘The Salt of the Earth’ combines the art of film and photography Special

‘The Salt of the Earth’ is a riveting documentary chronicling the life and art of social and nature photographer, Sebastião Salgado.

Amy Winehouse documentary to be released this summer

A documentary that is dedicated to the life and legacy of British songstress Amy Winehouse will be coming out this summer.

Review: Closing films at Human Rights Watch Fest about improving life Special

The last three days of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival features stories about challenging the status quo to improve people’s lives.

Putin mulled putting nuclear forces 'on alert' over Crimea

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to put the country's nuclear forces on alert as he sought to annex Crimea last year after the fall of a Moscow-backed government in Kiev.

Review: ‘The Price We Pay’ fails to uncomplicate costs of tax avoidance Special

‘The Price We Pay’ is a dense documentary that explores and condemns corporate tax avoidance by demonstrating its impact on ordinary people via interviews with political and financial experts.

VICE's third season to premiere on HBO on March 6

VICE is not your average television news magazine. It devotes entire episodes to controversial topics either overlooked or ignored by the networks, CNN, and most other traditional media.

Review: ‘The Wrecking Crew’ reveals the musicians behind the curtain Special

‘The Wrecking Crew’ is the extraordinary untold story of a group of studio musicians who played the instruments for many of our favourite rock and roll songs, which also comprise the epic soundtrack for the documentary.

Review: New reality series gives viewers crash course in filmmaking Special

This week’s releases include an Oscar nominee and one deserving of more recognition; a reality series that goes deep behind the camera; a couple of unexpectedly satisfactory horror pictures; and the inspiration for a ‘90s phenomenon.

Review: Hard-hitting documentary shorts make Oscar’s nominee list Special

The Academy Awards nominees for Best Documentary Short are a little glum, while simultaneously relating stories of compassion and endurance.

Oscar shorts showcase celebrating 10 years with extra screens

The 10th annual Oscar-nominated short films showcase is now screening across three continents in more than 450 theatres.

Review: Backstreet Boys tug at the heartstrings on new documentary Special

Acclaimed pop vocal group Backstreet Boys have a new documentary out, "Show 'Em (What You're Made Of)," and it is a compelling film.

Backstreet Boys talk 'Show 'Em What You're Made Of' documentary Special

Brian Littrell from the best-selling group, Backstreet Boys, chatted about their new documentary, "Show 'Em What You're Made Of."

Call for submissions to Huntington's Disease documentary

WeHaveAFace.org was founded in 2011 to create awareness of Huntington's Disease, a hereditary, degenerative, and terminal brain disease caused by a genetic defect on chromosome 4.

Review: Oscar-nominated doc ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ offers unique account Special

‘Last Days in Vietnam’ is a commanding Oscar-nominated documentary recounting the events just before the fall of Saigon, including evacuation efforts.
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