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Coming Clean: Study Guide, by David Bax

Ondi Timoner’s Coming Clean is the kind of issue-advocacy documentary that’s full of slogans and sound bites. The magnitude of opioid overdose deaths is referred to in numbers of “9/11s,” “plane crashes” and “Super Bowls” and the solution, we’re assured,...

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Pieces of a Woman: Incomplete, by David Bax

After a few short scenes establishing the main characters, their lives and their relationships, Kornél Mundruczó’s Pieces of a Woman announces itself with a long, complex and immersive single take (lasting almost 25 minutes) detailing an at-home childbirth. It’s possible...

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Soul: Outtakes, by David Bax

In the movies, all jazz musicians are struggling jazz musicians, nobly suffering the slings and arrows of a cold, modern world while bearing the flame of jazz, keeping alive the last symbol we have left of a past we no...