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Film Review: “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens

A tribute documentary explores the complicated mother/daughter relationship

“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” wasn’t meant to be a postmortem tribute. Directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens originally wanted the documentary to center around the quirky, sometimes volatile, relationship between actress Debbie Reynolds and her equally famous … Continue reading

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Film Review: “For the Love of Spock” by Adam Nimoy

A son explores the life and death of his famous father, Leonard Nimoy

Adam Limoy’s moving documentary about his father, actor Leonard Nimoy, is as much about Adam as it is about Leonard. And this is by no means a bad thing. It offers the audience a rare glimpse into the lesser-known, messier … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Certain Kind of Death” by Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh

A documentary explores the hidden world of unclaimed bodies

What happens when someone dies, and no one is around to claim the body? Directors Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh answer this question in their documentary “A Certain Kind of Death.” They walk us through a day in the life … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Death by Design: Where Parallel Worlds Meet” by Jean-François Brunet and Peter Friedman

A documentary that explores the artistry of programmed cell death

When you imagine cancer cells, you probably don’t picture a group of dancers writhing around on stage. Yet, this is exactly what Peter Friedman and Jean-François Brunet depict in their documentary “Death by Design: Where Parallel Worlds Meet.” This film is purely … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hidden Humanity Within “Gates of Heaven” by Errol Morris

A look at the animal burial industry reveals how humans view love, loss and death

When Roger Ebert names your documentary one of the top ten best films ever made, you know you’ve done something right. Errol Morris received such a distinction for his 1978 classic, “Gates of Heaven.” Although the film is now almost … Continue reading

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Film Review: Brother’s Keeper

A man is accused of murdering his brother, but what unfolds reveals the complexity of life

Delbert and William Ward were brothers, living together in a tiny family farm house in the middle of rural Munnsville, New York. They rarely ventured outside of the family farm, only making the trek into town to sell the crops … Continue reading

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