Tom RostonIndependent journalist Tom Roston checks in and writes about the world of documentaries in his column, Doc Soup.

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Doc Soup: “Collapse” – Are We Doomed?

We’re doomed! I’m not even talking about that mess up in Massachusetts. I’m talking big-time, end-of-civilization, DOOMED. That, at least, is the message delivered by Collapse, a documentary that came out last year, directed by Chris Smith (The Yes Men, American Movie). The film got limited attention, and can now be see on movies-on-demand on

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Doc Soup: “Avatar” and Its Documentary Roots (and bonus giveaway!)

Avatar is the biggest thing to come out of Hollywood since The Matrix. No, scratch that — since Star Wars. No, no, no, actually — since Gone With the Wind. I know that I’m not the first to herald the paradigmatic shift that James Cameron‘s epic sci-fi fantasy represents for its groundbreaking innovations in stereoscopic

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Doc Soup: Looking Forward to Superstar Doc Lineup at Sundance 2010

Christmas comes early for us documentary film lovers. There’s a sense of elation I feel each December when the Sundance Film Festival announces its January lineup. There’s so much promise: the selected films are like unopened presents. You can check out the full list here, but I want to take a closer peek at the

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Doc Soup: Oscar Short List

It’s head-scratching season again, which is to say: it’s Oscar time. Last week, the shortlist of 15 documentaries being considered for the five Academy Award nominations was announced. And, sure enough, there were some head-scratchers out there. The most confounding was the exclusion of Michael Moore‘s Capitalism. Sure, this further confirms what I said a

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