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New York, NY - February 2, 2014 - Sharon Jones performs at the Beacon Theater following cancer treatment. (Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

DOC NYC 2015: Critic’s Picks

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Films by directors Barbara Kopple, Kristina Sorge, Douglas Sloan, Kent Jones, Jason Hutt, Marc Levin, Stephen Maing, Jimmy Goldblum, and Amy Berg are Kurt Brokaw’s critic’s picks from DOC NYC, the all-documentary festival that runs from November 12-19, 2015.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes "The Walk" not photographed when it actually happened. (Courtesy NYFF)

NYFF 2015: Critic’s Choice

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Remember 2008’s spectacular doc-based-on-a-book Man On Wire? Now it’s fictionalized as The Walk and Kurt Brokaw LOVED it. Find out what else our senior critic adored at this year’s New York Film Festival, running September 25-October 11, 2015.

Jason Segel gets serious as David Foster Wallace (pictured here with Jesse Eisenberg, left) in "The End of The Tour." (Photo courtesy BAMcinemaFest.

Three Must-See Summer Movies

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Forget summer reading. (Or don’t. We love books over here, too!) Either way, add The End of The Tour, Queen of Earth, and Tangerine to your summer “watching” list.

The Wolfpack is a documentary about a family sheltered from the world but not its media. (Courtesy Sundance Institute.)

Tribeca 2015: Critic’s Choice

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Senior critic Kurt Brokaw commends Tribeca’s Sharon Badal on her “peerless curating” in his annual selection of festival favorites. From the buzzy The Wolfpack to the under-the-radar shorts such as Big Boy selected by Badal, this year’s picks thus far include dramatized dance, rock legends (but not conspiracy theories), and under-helicoptered children.

Mélanie Laurent's second film as director, Breathe, plays this year's Rendez-vous With French Cinema.

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2015 – Critic’s Choice

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Rendez-vous with French Cinema returns to New York for its 20th year with 22 North American premieres. Senior critic, Kurt Brokaw, sees the slate and divides his favorites into Youth and Crime. With Martin Scorsese as one of this year’s co-chairs, Brokaw insists that indeed, crime does pay.