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Documentary Review | Jodorowsky’s Dune

The documentary about the inspiration for the science fiction genre as we know it. In 1974, the rights to the science fiction novel Dune were purchased and a rising star in the film industry, Alejandro Jodorowsky was set to direct it. This documentary chronicles his journey to search for warriors to adapt the novel into …

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Documentary Review | Nazi Hunters

This documentary follows the postwar story as the world seeks justice from the holocaust and as Nazi officials are sentenced for their war crimes. It relies heavily on authentic footage from the time period, with few interviews interspersed between. It examines the fate of Nazi soldiers in general and shows the many executions which took …

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Documentary Review | One Direction: The Only Way Is Up

One Direction: The Only Way Is Up (PN 1995.96 .M86 O54 2012 DVD) covers the story of how the pop boy band sensation, One Direction, rose to fame. Starting from their time on the UK X-Factor, this documentary tells how each of the five boys had dreams to become a solo star, but through fate, …

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Documentary Review | Endless Summer

In one of his first documentaries ever, Bruce Brown follows his California friends, Mike and Robert, around the world as they embark to find the perfect wave. Mike and Robert are both talented American surfers who explore the world in search of the best well-hidden surfing locations. Along the way, they learn about many different …

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Documentary Review | The Power of Mothers

The Power of Mothers (PN 1995.96 .E2 F57 2001) is a documentary about the powerful effect that mothers have on the family, institutions, economics, and society as a whole. Not only are mothers the primary influence on children and their development, they have an influence that reaches farther and effects all types of institutions. When …

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Documentary Review | Soldiers of Conscience

Soldiers of Conscience is an incredibly interesting, philosophical documentary about U.S. Soldiers who have gone to war, come back, and try to live a normal lifestyle. They often think about the actions they have committed in war, and whether or not they are morally correct. For many soldiers, the war isn’t physical, but it is …

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Documentary Review | He Named Me Malala

He Named Me Malala tells the incredible story of the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malal Yousafzai. Malala was born and raised in Pakistan, and witnessed the Taliban’s rise to terrorism. When the Taliban forbid girls from going to school, 15-year-old Malala decided to speak out and become an activist for girls’ education. The Taliban …

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Documentary Review | The Beauty Backlash

The Beauty Backlash (PN 1995.96 .B42 B42 2006) is a documentary film about advertising strategies in the beauty and fashion industry. The documentary mainly focuses on the Dove campaign and how their new advertising tactic has influenced the market of beauty. Many individuals on the campaign share their insight on the tactics and how they …

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Documentary Review | New York Doll

An endearing and touching low budget documentary with a redemptive subject, New York Doll is a story of change, repentance, and spirituality. Centered completely around former punk rocker Arthur “Killer” Kane and his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the documentary handles the journey of this man in a nuanced and respectful …

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Documentary Review | For All Mankind

The moon landings are some of the most, if not the most, triumphant achievements of not just the USA but the human race in general. The sheer ingenuity and courage demonstrated by the women and men responsible is staggering to this day.  Perhaps it was for that reason that at the end of the documentary …

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