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‘State Funeral’ Review: Saying Goodbye to Stalin

Joseph Stalin died on March 5, 1953. “State Funeral,” the Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa’s fascinating and elusive new documentary, shows what happened in the next few days, as Stalin’s body lay in state at the Hall of Unions in Moscow before being transferred to the Lenin mausoleum. (It was removed eight years later, but that’s […]

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‘Future People’ Review: Connected by Biology, Bonded by Love

Discovering a legion of half siblings could be the springboard for a best-selling novel by Jodi Picoult. Yet such is the surreal story of “Future People: The Family of Donor 5114,” a documentary (streaming on Discovery+) in which dozens of children from around the country learn they were conceived using the same sperm donor. The […]

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‘Markie in Milwaukee’ Review: Acknowledging Painful Transitions

When the documentary “Markie in Milwaukee” begins, Markie Wenzel, a middle-aged transgender woman, is in the process of eradicating the records of her own existence. When we meet her, nearly a decade ago, she’s beginning the process of “detransitioning,” which in her case meant legally changing her name, discarding her hormone treatments and wearing men’s […]

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‘Eurovision Song Contest’ and ‘Borat’ Advance to the Oscar Shortlist

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” inched one step closer to being Oscar nominees on Tuesday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its shortlists for nine categories. “Wuhan Flu,” from the “Borat” sequel, and “Husavik,” from the Will Ferrell comedy about the European contest, advanced […]

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‘Giving Voice’ Review: August Wilson Is Uplifting a New Generation

The everyday hopes and heartbreaks of African-Americans were dramatized in August Wilson’s 10-play Century Cycle. And every year, since Wilson’s death in 2005, thousands of students from 12 different cities vie for the chance to perform a monologue from one of his plays for the competition’s final round on Broadway. James D. Stern and Fernando […]

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‘Collective’ Review: When Tragedy Consumes a Nation

There’s no letup in the staggering documentary “Collective,” no moment when you can take an easy breath, assured that the terrible things you’ve been watching onscreen are finally over. The story begins with a tragedy in Romania that consumed the country and toppled the government. The villains and heroes involved — the bureaucrats and doctors, […]

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‘Born to Be’ Review: A Compassionate Doctor Changing Lives

In 2016, Mount Sinai Hospital opened its Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in Manhattan. The documentary “Born to Be,” directed by Tania Cypriano, follows the work of one of that center’s pioneering surgeons, Dr. Jess Ting. Ting began as a general plastic surgeon; he only entered the field of transgender surgery 18 months before […]

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‘White Noise’ Review: Hearing Dog Whistles Loud and Clear

“White Noise,” the first feature documentary from The Atlantic, puts a spotlight on three figures associated with the alt-right. All three are probably grateful for the attention. The director, Daniel Lombroso, tags along with Richard B. Spencer, the white nationalist who got punched in the head the day of Trump’s inauguration; Lauren Southern, a YouTube […]