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New 'Illmatic' Doc Details Hip-Hop Classic's Humble Beginnings

17 April 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It may have been the most New York moment in years.

Robert De Niro, onstage Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre, introduced Time Is Illmatic, the new documentary on Nas' 1994 landmark debut Illmatic, to kick off the Tribeca Film Festival. "Twenty years ago, I would've been 20 years too old for this music," quipped the actor and festival co-founder to a boisterous crowd of fans, media and seemingly every important hip-hop figure in mid-Nineties New York.

Nas: My Life in 20 Songs

Unlike music docs that attempt to deify or elevate the obscure — Anvil, »

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Review: Why Lamb of God Documentary 'As the Palaces Burn' Isn't Just For Metalheads

26 February 2014 6:01 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Don Argott's 2011 documentary profiled a heavy metal addict, Pentagram vocalist Bobby Liebling, just as he hit rock bottom and decided to fight for a comeback. In "As the Palaces Burn," Argott follows another famous metalhead, Lamb of God's growling songster Randy Blythe, who has already put his hard drinking days behind him, but remains haunted by them. At first simply a look at the band's recent tour, the movie blossoms into a gripping legal tale when Blythe faces unexpected murder charges. Whereas "Last Days Here" explored the self-destructive power of stardom, "As the Palaces Burn" achieves an even greater impact by universalizing that theme and exposing the challenges that persist even when it seems like the worst is over. Like the music at its center, "As the Palaces Burn" foregrounds deep-seated anguish and finds tenderness at its core. At first, "As the Palaces Burn" successfully demystifies clichés surrounding heavy »

- Eric Kohn

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