Must-See Documentaries for Every Mood

Sound City

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Take a trip to rock n’ roll’s most infamous recording studio in Sound City. The film directed by Nirvana and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl tells the incredible stories of musical legends the studio left behind, as he attempts to bring it back to its fabled glory.

Nas: Time is Illmatic

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Travel back in time to 1994 NYC, where Nas made his album debut in Nas: Time is Illmatic. Witness the struggles and inspiration behind one of East Coast hip hop’s most influential albums and how it’s affected the genre to this day.

Fresh Dressed

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See the colorful chronicles of street fashion in Fresh Dressed. This documentary showcases the evolution of the style from its origins hundreds of years ago to making its way to your neighborhood mall today. Watch fashion and hip hop icons talk threads, musical influences, and get fresh.


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If you haven’t seen one of the most important documentaries of the century, now’s a great time to see Citizenfour. The film plays very much like a thriller, following a trail of anonymous emails that reveal shocking, illegal mass surveillance programs run by the NSA. Months later, a reporter and documentarian end up in Hong Kong to meet the anonymous email writer, a man named Edward Snowden. The rest is history in the making.

Side by Side

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Take a look behind the scenes of filmmaking with Keanu Reeves in Side by Side. The movie features interviews with legends like Martin Scorsese and James Cameron, as well as talented colorists, cinematographers, and more. How has movie making changed from the days of film to digital? And how will movie magic evolve from here?

In the mood for more? Check out all of the other critically acclaimed documentaries you can watch for free this weekend.


Get Into Show Biz

Get Shorty

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Experience the glitz and glamor of Hollywood in Get Shorty. This star-studded comedy follows the story of mobster-turned-movie-business-man, Chili Palmer, played by John Travolta. But just because he’s taken up a new line of work doesn’t mean he has any plans to change his violent mafia ways.

Be Cool

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The music business is calling in Be Cool. Years after the events of Get Shorty, mobster Chili Palmer is done with the movie biz and looking to branch out to the music industry instead. This time it’s rock stars, divas, and rappers that add all the drama and excitement, with an even more star-studded cast to boot.


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Take a trip to your local TV station in UHF. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic stars in this comedy about an eccentric guy tasked with saving Channel 62, which is losing viewers faster than ever. So what’s he to do but replace the boring reruns with the most bizarre programming he can think of?

Waiting for Guffman

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Go back to some old school community theater in Waiting for Guffman. This mockumentary-style comedy takes you all the way to middle-of-nowhere Missouri, where a sassy, inspiring director puts together the show of everyone’s lifetime with the best talent a small town can buy. This is a unique gem that’ll have you begging for an encore.


Laugh it Up


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CHiPs follows two California Highway Patrol officers: one a hardened pro, the other a fresh newbie who just joined the force. Pretty soon they start clashing through hilarious misadventures, and the new guy reveals he’s there for a lot more than just using a speedometer gun.

Solve the Puzzle


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Cube might be just the underrated thriller you need this weekend. Six strangers are placed in a bizarre cube-shaped maze with only one task: find a way to escape. See if they can solve the puzzle before it’s too late.

Get Into the Action


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Get in on all the excitement in Ronin. A team of professional killers is brought together to track down a mysterious package. The only problem is that the Russians are after it too. It’s spies and shootouts galore in this action packed-race!

Feel the Drama

Little Children

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Little Children is a thought-provoking story based on the critically acclaimed novel that takes a unique look at domestic life and marriage through a dark, comedic lens. When a married man and a woman take the slippery path down infidelity, they soon have to brace for the impact of their decisions – and whether their married lives were ever as bad as they believed.