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Review: Oscar-Shortlisted Documentary 'First Cousin, Once Removed' (Trailer)

3 January 2014 1:13 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Some docs are journalism. Some are history. Some are entertainment. Very few aspire to poetry -- the Oscar-shortlisted “First Cousin, Once Removed” by Alan Berliner being a notable exception. Ostensibly about Berliner’s cousin and his battle with Alzheimer’s disease, “First Cousin” (HBO Docs) is a film that broadens the definition of what nonfiction filmmaking can mean, while also expanding its capacity for creative expression. It tells a highly emotional story without adhering to narrative conventions; it celebrates the life of an artist in the only way that does it justice, by being art. Five years in the making, “First Cousin” is “about” the distinguished Edwin Honig, and the poet's painful descent into dementia. One of Berliner’s magic acts is making his movie both dispiriting and exhilarating -- the former because of the obvious cruelty of disease, age and mortality; the latter because the director, freed from the constraints of conventional narrative, »

- John Anderson

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Stream Them Now: 6 Oscar Shortlisted Feature Docs Now Online

3 January 2014 9:31 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced the 15 films left in the race for the Documentary Feature Oscar (out of a record 147 films which had originally qualified in the category). You can see the full list of docs still in the running here.  While some of them are still available in select theaters or on DVDs, we've got the lowdown on where you can watch these docs online now and in the near future. "The Square" will be available on Netflix beginning on January 17. Meanwhile, "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," "First Cousin: Once Removed," "The Crash Reel," "Life According to Sam" and "Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington" are available to HBO subscribers on HBO online and on-demand. Here's where where you can these shortlisted docs online now: "The Act of Killing" (iTunes) "Blackfish" (Netflix) "Cutie and the Boxer »

- Paula Bernstein

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Stream Them Now: 6 Oscar Shortlisted Feature Docs Now Online

3 January 2014 9:31 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced the 15 films left in the race for the Documentary Feature Oscar (out of a record 147 films which had originally qualified in the category). You can see the full list of docs still in the running here.  While some of them are still available in select theaters or on DVDs, we've got the lowdown on where you can watch these docs online now and in the near future. "The Square" will be available on Netflix beginning on January 17. Meanwhile, "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," "First Cousin: Once Removed," "The Crash Reel," "Life According to Sam" and "Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington" are available to HBO subscribers on HBO online and on-demand. Here's where where you can these shortlisted docs online now: "The Act of Killing" (iTunes) "Blackfish" (Netflix) "Cutie and the Boxer »

- Paula Bernstein

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