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FilmWatch Weekly: Just the facts, man–documentaries dominate

With Hollywood churning out glorified video games and unasked-for sequels, reality is better than fiction this week

Describing this week’s wide-opening movie releases feels a bit like eavesdropping in a Hollywood studio pitch meeting: it’s the same old story.

A special effects-laden mediocrity based on a video game franchise and two sequels that exist only because their predecessors outperformed expectations at the box office—that’s what America’s multiplexes will be serving up to content consumers, or what used to be called “audiences.” If these pallid excuses for narrative don’t float your boat, though, the week does offer an unusually diverse array of documentaries to devour. Dig in!

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