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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.

'Citizenfour' shortlisted for Oscar; 'The Interview' release idea

In the wake of the Sony hack, Edward Snowden and his perils have made the Oscar documentary shortlist. "Citzenfour" is among the list of 15, which will be down to five when nominations are announced in January.

'On and Off the Record' a documentary on Indian music released

Filmmaker Pratik Biswas released his documentary "On and Off the Record," documenting the journey of Indian classical music through the last century.

National Board of Review top prize goes to 'A Most Violent Year'

New York - The National Board of Review has just served up some interesting winners on the road to Oscar glory. Besides a tie for the top acting prize, their best film went to "A Most Violent Year."

Review: ‘The Overnighters’ takes redemption to the extreme Special

‘The Overnighters’ is the captivating story about a series of despondent men trying to turn their luck around in the North Dakota oil fields and the pastor risking everything to help them do it.

Review: ‘Why Horror?’ retorts “why not?” Special

‘Why Horror’ collects a broad range of answers to a question that has been asked of fans countless times, but perhaps with different intentions.

Review: ‘Watchers of the Sky’ argues action over apathy Special

The documentary, ‘Watchers of the Sky,’ examines the history of genocide and the continued efforts of a few individuals to end the cycle of violence.

New yoga documentary to release in December

'Yoga: An Ancient Vision of Life', a documentary on yoga by art historian and filmmaker Binoy Behl will be released in December 2014.
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