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  1. documentaries
    Amy Schumer’s New Documentary Is Headed to HBO MaxExpecting Amy follows the comedian as she prepares for her comedy special while pregnant.
  2. tekashi 6ix9ine
    Showtime Announces Tekashi 6ix9ine Documentary Series to Compete With 50 Cent’sIt’s the Fyre Festival wars all over again.
  3. true crime
    Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer Will Feature His Girlfriend and DaughterAs well as other women who survived Bundy’s attacks.
  4. drama!
    Jeffree Star Gossips About [Bleep] in New Shane Dawson DocDrama so good it had to be redacted.
  5. docuseries
    The Heartbreaking Immigration Stories Behind Living UndocumentedHow Netflix’s new docuseries filmed the lives of undocumented immigrants with unprecedented intimacy.
  6. behind the scenes
    How Couples Therapy Put Therapy on TV (Without Ruining the Therapy)“Every week you’d go in knowing that there’s cameras somewhere, but three minutes into the session, you forget.”
  7. peter coyote
    The Golden Voice Behind All Those Ken Burns DocumentariesIf you’ve ever been entranced by the narration of a Ken Burns doc, you have Peter Coyote to thank.
  8. lawsuits
    Judge Tentatively Sides with Jackson Estate in HBO LawsuitThe final ruling is expected by the end of the month.
  9. country music
    The Story of Country Music Is Too Vast for Even Ken Burns’s 16-Hour Doc to TellThe greatest compliment you could pay an undertaking like this is to wish there were more of it.
  10. babies
    Blue Ivy Carter Is Our ‘Mood 4 Eva’ in Beyoncé’s Making the GiftThe heir is coming.
  11. tv review
    Ken Burns’s Country Music Is Powerful, Beautiful, and Somehow Still IncompleteThe 16-hour, eight-part series doesn’t have as firm a handle on the big-picture stuff as it wants you to think.
  12. the devil and daniel johnston
    What Fresh Hell Is This?In honor of the late Daniel Johnston, we’re revisiting the 2006 documentary that brought his defiant life to screen.
  13. movie review
    American Factory Gestures Toward the End of the Working World As We Know ItThe Obamas’ Netflix doc is an eye-opening prelude to the rise of machines.
  14. movie review
    Cold Case Hammarskjöld Presents a Conspiracy You’ll Want to BelieveThis tricked-up documentary about a suspicious 1961 plane crash in Zambia reminds you that conspiracy theories make for great yarns.
  15. tv review
    The Family Puts a Secret Group In the Spotlight, But Needs Stronger WattageThe Netflix docuseries connects some dots regarding the religious right and American politics, but it doesn’t add up to more than a basic outline.
  16. movie review
    Brace Yourself for the Devastating Documentary One Child NationNanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s first-person film chronicles China’s one-child policy in infuriating, tragic, grisly detail.
  17. backstories
    How Nicolas Cage Wound Up Narrating the Anton Yelchin Documentary Love, AntoshaIn the new documentary, Cage is the voice of the late actor’s journal entries, letters, and emails.
  18. mother-son duos
    Tupac and Afeni Shakur Are Getting Their Own FX DocuseriesShe’s the mama in “Dear Mama.”
  19. rip
    D.A. Pennebaker, Pioneer of ‘Direct Cinema,’ Dead at 94The visionary director of Don’t Look Back received an Honorary Oscar in 2013.
  20. sundance 2019
    Everything We Learned About Anton Yelchin From the New Documentary Love, AntoshaLove, Antosha is a poignant tribute to the late actor’s life and talent.
  21. icons
    Rita Moreno’s List of Accolades to Now Include ‘PBS Documentary Subject’About damn time!
  22. movie review
    The Horror Is Real in the Syrian Doc For SamaThe film doesn’t feel like raw footage — it has been carefully shaped, with a bit of movie-­ish suspense during the final hours.
  23. documentaries
    Lifetime Is Making a Jeffrey Epstein DocumentaryThere will also be a follow-up to Surviving R. Kelly and a Wendy Williams biopic.
  24. deep dives
    They Were the First All-Women Crew to Conquer the Ocean. Then They Came Home.A new documentary tells the grueling story of a female yacht crew that exploded barriers at sea. Here’s what happened when they stepped back on land.
  25. movie review
    Marianne & Leonard Tells the Story of the Greatest Breakup Song Ever WrittenLeonard Cohen’s “So Long, Marianne” is the tender heart of Nick Broomfield’s latest documentary.
  26. a queer moment
    Documentary on History of Queer Horror Coming to ShudderThe Babadook and beyond.
  27. anniversaries
    XXXTentacion’s Estate Announces New Documentary and AlbumThe controversial rapper died one year ago today.
  28. fact check
    What Did Martin Scorsese Make Up in Rolling Thunder Revue: a Bob Dylan Story?The Netflix doc blends fact and fiction so seamlessly you might not know what to believe.
  29. movie review
    Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue Brilliantly Spins a Bob Dylan Tall TaleBob Dylan is clearly here to mess with us, as is our director.
  30. interviews
    How a Reality Show About Strippers Turned Into an Anti–Magic Mike Documentary“It was like anti–Magic Mike. None of this was happening in some theater or in a glamorous nightclub.”
  31. trailer mix
    Watch the Trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan Sort of DocumentaryMind you, some of this isn’t quite real.
  32. tv review
    Running With Beto Says More About the Political Climate Than About Beto O’RourkeThe HBO documentary sidesteps mythologizing its subject in favor of capturing a flash point in Texas political history.
  33. documentaries
    A New Doc Boldly Argues for Deep Space Nine’s Place in the Black TV CanonThe revolutionary series deserves to be considered as one of the great cultural artifacts of the 1990s.
  34. that don't impress me much
    Werner Herzog Has Heard Paul F. Tompkins’s Impression of Him and He Has Notes“That’s good stuff.”
  35. trailer mix
    Waterworks Are Coming in This Game of Thrones: The Last Watch Doc TrailerHBO’s behind-the-scenes documentary of the last season.
  36. documentaries
    Kulap Vilaysack Is Ready to Share Her Origin StoryTalking with Vilaysack about her deeply personal documentary, podcasting, and Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.
  37. clips
    Watch Dr. Ruth Read From the Diary She Kept During the HolocaustIn this clip from the new documentary Ask Dr. Ruth, the famed sex therapist reveals heartbreaking details about her childhood.
  38. at the heart of gold
    Erin Lee Carr Tackles the ‘Whiplash’ of Abuse at the Heart of USA GymnasticsThe At the Heart of Gold director says making a film about the survivors of Larry Nassar and the youth gymnastics system changed her as a person.
  39. movie review
    Werner Herzog Brings a Soviet Leader to Tears in Meeting GorbachevSometimes, a history lesson works better when it’s a little ragged and personal.
  40. documentaries
    How Did Netflix’s Knock Down the House Predict AOC’s Rise? It Didn’t.“We had a whole plan. It was going to be gritty and dark, and we were going to tell it like it is.” Then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won.
  41. tribeca film festival 2019
    Tribeca’s Sublime Doc Mostly Misses the PointThere’s a hurried slickness to Sublime that ultimately hampers any attempt to offer the definitive account of the band’s history.
  42. d'angelo
    The Ever-Elusive D’Angelo Is Working On His Next AlbumThe news comes from the director of his new documentary.
  43. documentaries
    Iconic L.A. Club The Comedy Store Is Getting a Docu-Series at ShowtimeThe four-part series will air sometime next year.
  44. movie review
    Penguins Would Be Amazing With the Sound Turned OffDisney’s nature documentary could do without its 1980s power-pop soundtrack.
  45. movie review
    Satanic Temple Documentary Hail Satan? Might Just Turn You Into a SatanistFilmmaker Penny Lane offers a fascinating look at the surprisingly sincere free-speech rabble-rousers.
  46. vulture lists
    The 50 Best Music Documentaries of All TimeFrom Woodstock to Beyoncé’s Homecoming, these films are as essential to understanding the artists as any of their records.
  47. homecoming
    Just Drop the Blue Ivy Album AlreadyIt’s time for Bluechella.
  48. documentaries
    Scott Rudin Is Producing a To Kill a Mockingbird Documentary for HBOLikely to air this fall.
  49. movie review
    Aretha Franklin’s Concert Doc Amazing Grace Is TranscendentThe long-buried documentary, which Franklin blocked from theaters, is finally being released.
  50. interview
    The Wild Story Behind Aretha Franklin’s Long-Delayed Documentary, Amazing Grace“It’s all crazy. It’s the craziest story that I know of in show business. I think we’ve lapped the field on crazy.”
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