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‘Fauci’ Review: The First Pandemic That Shaped the Good Doc

In their sympathetic portrait “Fauci,” John Hoffman and Janet Tobias introduce Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, with a split-screen. On one side, the man who has been the face of the nation’s Covid-19 response leaves his home with a security detail. Next to this gray-haired […]

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‘The Big Scary ‘S’ Word’ Review: Socialism for Beginners

The word “socialism” is often used as a boogeyman to scare voters, with little or no reference to actual substance. Enter Yael Bridge’s “Big Scary ‘S’ Word,” a stuffed compendium of formulations from experts, historical precedents and just-folks testimonials. Hope is not a policy, as the saying goes, so Bridge gamely tries to provide both, […]

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‘Misha and the Wolves’ Review: Fuzzy Memories

The documentary “Misha and the Wolves” revisits a semi-infamous episode in Holocaust appropriation. In a 1997 book, an author named Misha Defonseca claimed that, as a child during World War II, she had trekked through the woods living with a pack of wolves. The spoiler-averse will want to stop reading. But about a decade later, […]

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‘Pray Away’ Review: Atoning for an Anti-Gay Stance

The Netflix documentary “Pray Away” profiles several people who, in the public sphere and in the context of Christianity-cloaked “conversion therapy,” peddled the idea that homosexuality could be changed, and who now regret the suffering they caused. It also features one activist, Jeffrey McCall, who identifies as previously transgender and still pushes the ideas the […]

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‘The Phantom’ Review: The Death Penalty for a Doppelgänger

“The Phantom,” a documentary from Patrick Forbes, examines a case that in recent years has been cited as an example of a likely wrongful conviction that ended in the death penalty. Carlos DeLuna was executed in Texas in 1989 for the murder of a Corpus Christi gas station convenience store clerk. At his trial, he […]

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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 […]