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31 Great Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

12 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Whether you want to immerse yourself in the world of birds, bees, baseball or backup singers, Netflix has a documentary for you. Missed "Man on Wire"? It's on there.

Here are films that changed the world, righted wrongs, pinpointed a moment in history, or simply shone a light on a previously unknown subset of society. (Availability subject to change. Films are unrated, except as noted.)

1. "20 Feet from Stardom" (2013) PG-13

This Oscar-winning doc shines a spotlight on the relatively unknown backup singers behind such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder.

2. "The Act of Killing" (2012)

The director invited killers -- men who took part in the horrific purge that left more than 500,000 dead in Indonesia in the 1960s -- to reenact their crimes on film, resulting in a bizarre look inside the mind of men capable of mass murder.

3. "The Battered Bastards of Baseball" (2014)

Two filmmakers pay homage to their grandfather, »

- Sharon Knolle

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Brittany Maynard's Loved Ones Recount Her Harrowing, Heartbreaking Medical Journey

5 November 2014 3:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

When Brittany Maynard first started having mysterious headaches off and on in the spring of 2013, she went to see a neurologist. "He said, 'You're having migraines,' " Debbie Ziegler, Maynard's mother, told People in an interview Oct. 11, "and sent her home" - without doing an Mri. That initial reaction by her doctor - while heartbreaking - is not that uncommon with brain tumors, experts say. "A young woman with migraine syndrome, you wouldn't think about a malignant brain tumor," Sean Grady, chairman of the neurosurgery department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, tells People. Elizabeth Wilson, »

- Nicole Weisensee Egan,@nweisenseeegan

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‘The Calling’ can be read as commentary on contemporary Christianity

31 August 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Calling

Directed by Jason Stone

Written by Scott Abramovitch

2014, USA

Canadian culture has long been a topic of discussion among intellectuals simply because there are those who argue that it doesn’t really exist. Obviously there is a culture that those of us living in Canada experience, but it is difficult to ascribe a distinct Canadian nature to that culture since so much of it is almost directly adopted from our neighbors to the south.

There is one piece though, that does differ significantly between Canadians and Americans, religion. It doesn’t really matter what faith one practices in Canada, it is generally a very private thing. Popular culture is almost universally secular with the exception of the occasional political discussion. But even then, the rhetoric in discussions around abortion, same gender marriage, and physician assisted suicide never reach the same heights that they do in the Us.

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- Mynt Marsellus

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