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.