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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

IMDb: 7.4
2013
86min

Brash boxer Cassius Clay burst into the American consciousness in the early 1960s, just ahead of the Civil Rights movement. His transformation into the spiritually enlightened heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is legendary, but this religious awakening also led to a bitter legal battle with the U.S. government after he refused to serve in the Vietnam War. This film reveals the perfect storm of race, religion and politics that shaped one of the most recognizable figures in sports history.

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Taxi to the Dark Side

Taxi to the Dark Side

Taxi to the Dark Side

IMDb: 7.5
2007
106min

An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002

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Zeitgeist: The Movie

Zeitgeist: The Movie

Zeitgeist: The Movie

IMDb: 8.2
2007
118min

Zeitgeist: the Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph examining possible historical and modern conspiracies surrounding Christianity, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the Federal Reserve bank. It was officially released online on June 18, 2007 on www.ZeitgeistMovie.com

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Bowling for Columbine

Bowling for Columbine

Bowling for Columbine

IMDb: 8.0
2002
120min

Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence? Talking heads yelling from every TV camera blame everything from Satan to video games. But are we that much different from many other countries? What sets us apart? How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence? This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi. From a look at the Columbine High School security camera tapes to the home of Oscar-winning NRA President Charlton Heston, from a young man who makes homemade napalm with The Anarchist’s Cookbook to the murder of a six-year-old girl by another six-year-old, Bowling for Columbine is a journey through America, through our past, hoping to discover why our pursuit of happiness is so riddled with violence.

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Mad As Hell

Mad As Hell

Mad As Hell

IMDb: 6.5
2014
80min

MAD AS HELL follows Cenk Uygur’s transformation from unknown talk show host on local Public Access TV to an internet sensation with his online news show “The Young Turks,” which has amassed over one billion views on YouTube. Once Cenk ventures from the internet into national television and lands the 6 PM time slot on MSNBC, his uncensored brand of journalism is compromised and Cenk becomes the nexus in the battle between new and old media.

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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

IMDb: 7.7
2005
110min

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

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Sicko

Sicko

Sicko

IMDb: 8.0
2007
123min

Sicko is a Michael Moore documentary about the corrupt health care system in The United States who’s main goal is to make profit even if it means losing peoples lives. “The more people you deny health insurance the more money we make” is the business model for health care providers in America.

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David Blaine: Real or Magic

David Blaine: Real or Magic

David Blaine: Real or Magic

IMDb: 7.7
2013
63min

David Blaine’s signature brand of street magic mystifies the most recognisable celebrities in the world, such as Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Woody Allen, and Robert DeNiro, to name a few. He goes to the homes of Kanye West and Harrison Ford, Will Smith and Olivia Wilde. He pays a visit to Stephen Hawking at his office in Cambridge University. Blaine also travels the world, astonishing people from all walks of life with never-before seen, inconceivable magic.

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Legion of Brothers

Legion of Brothers

Legion of Brothers

IMDb: 5.7
2017
79min

Afghanistan, immediately post-9/11: Small teams of Green Berets arrive on a series of secret missions to overthrow the Taliban. What happens next is equal parts war origin story and cautionary tale, illuminating the nature and impact of 15 years of constant combat, with unprecedented access to U.S. Special Forces.

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Fahrenheit 9/11

Fahrenheit 9/11

Fahrenheit 9/11

IMDb: 7.5
2004
122min

Michael Moore’s view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

IMDb: 6.3
2017
100min

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes—in moments private and public, funny and poignant—as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

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Hamilton’s America

Hamilton’s America

Hamilton’s America

IMDb: 5.9
2016
84min

Hamilton’s America delves deeper into the creation of the Hamilton musical, revealing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s process of absorbing and then adapting Hamilton’s epic story into groundbreaking musical theater.

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes

IMDb: 5.7
2015
107min

Michael Winterbottom, celebrated director of 24 Hour Party People, The Road to Guantanamo, and The Trip, joins forces with actor, comedian, and provocateur Russell Brand for that most unlikely of documentary approaches: an uproarious critique of the world financial crisis. Building on Brand’s emergence as an activist following his 2014 book Revolution, where he railed against “corporate tyranny, ecological irresponsibility, and economic inequality,” The Emperor’s New Clothes pairs archival footage with comedic send-ups conducted in the financial centers of London and New York. Brand spotlights not only how the crisis affected the working class around the world, but also how the uber-wealthy benefited from the downturn. With Winterbottom providing his signature ingenuity and pinpoint directorial control, they generate a riveting, boisterous, and, at times, cathartic riff on the extreme disparities between the haves and have nots in contemporary society.

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Bitter Lake

Bitter Lake

Bitter Lake

IMDb: 8.3
2015
135min

An experimental documentary that explores Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the U.S. and the role this has played in the war in Afghanistan.

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Imminent Threat

Imminent Threat

Imminent Threat

IMDb: 8.9
2015
73min

A look at the War on Terror and the threat it’s causing to our civil liberties and political discourse. Academy Award nominee James Cromwell presents Janek Ambros’ directorial debut. The feature doc tackles the War on Terror’s impact on civil liberties and the strange coalition it’s creating between the progressive left and libertarian right. The doc examines the NSA, drones, the war on journalism and other encroachments on civil liberties started by the Bush era and expanded by the Democratic establishment.

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Greedy Lying Bastards

Greedy Lying Bastards

Greedy Lying Bastards

IMDb: 5.7
2012
90min

What happens when an industry has too much power? “Greedy Lying Bastards” presents a searing indictment of the influence, deceit and corruption that defines the fossil fuel industry.

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Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State

Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State

Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State

IMDb: 7.6
2005
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Evil has spread across the land. Martial Law: 9/11 Rise of the Police State exposes the high-tech control grid that is being set up across America Out of the ashes of the September 11th tragedy, a dark empire of war and tyranny has risen. The Constitution has been shredded and America is now a Police State. This film exposes not just who was behind the 9-11 attacks, but the roots and history of its orchestrators.

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I.O.U.S.A.

I.O.U.S.A.

I.O.U.S.A.

IMDb: 7.4
2008
85min

With the country’s debt growing out of control, Americans by and large are unaware of the looming financial crisis. This documentary examines several of the ways America can get its economy back on the right track. In addition to looking at the federal deficit and trade deficit, the film also closely explores the challenges of funding national entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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Generation Wealth

Generation Wealth

Generation Wealth

IMDb: 7.1
2018
110min

Over the past 25 years, Lauren Greenfield’s documentary photography and film projects have explored youth culture, gender, body image, and affluence. In this fascinating meld of career retrospective and film essay, Greenfield offers a meditation on her extensive body of work, structuring it through the lens of materialism and its increasing sway on culture and society in America and throughout the world. Underscoring the ever-increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots, her portraits reveal a focus on cultivating image over substance, where subjects unable to attain actual wealth instead settle for its trappings, no matter their ability to pay for it.

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The Anatomy of a Great Deception

The Anatomy of a Great Deception

The Anatomy of a Great Deception

IMDb: 7.7
2014
92min

The Anatomy of a Great Deception is a quasi-political, spiritual documentary following businessman-turned-filmmaker, David Hooper as he deals with the emotions of his own investigation into the events of 9/11.

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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

IMDb: 7.7
2013
89min

Anchored by intimate, one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining tribute to the iconic Gore Vidal. Commentary by those who knew him best—including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens—blends with footage from Vidal’s legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time.

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