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Check out the top 5 documentaries of 2013

The Act of Killing

In this revolting but revelatory film, Indonesian death-squad leaders re-enact mass killings in their cinematic genre of choice.

20 Feet from Stardom

The great voices behind the hit singles of the past 40 years get their chance to talk, and sing.


Set on a fishing boat off the New England coast, Leviathan is an entirely wordless montage of footage assembled from digital cameras on the boat – a horror show of mechanized murder as avant-garde cinema.

The Gatekeepers

Six former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli anti-terrorism and intelligence agency, talk candidly about Israeli’s past and (to their minds) precarious future in provocative, sometimes self-damning testimony.

Let the Fire Burn

A dozen years in the making, this film ignites history by using archival footage to reconstruct how the Philadelphia police bombed the headquarters of the black group MOVE, killing five children and destroying more than 60 houses.

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