Fifteen documentaries released in 2013 that help explain the world

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Beekeepers in More Than Honey.
This year saw its share of incredible documentaries, but in 2013 the stand-outs are films that help flesh out the way we see the world.

Below are fifteen docs we suggest seeing, from the grisly to uplifting. Click on the name of the film to read its review.

© 2013 - Sony Pictures Classics
The Armstrong Lie is a brilliantly executed "myth-buster."

© 2013 - Drafthouse Films
The Act of Killing is a masterpiece of murder and the movies.

Photo by Gabriela Cowperthwaite - © 2013 - Magnolia Pictures
Blackfish is a vital look at orcas in captivity.

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer proves punk lives.

© 2013 - RADiUS-TWC
Twenty Feet from Stardom, like all powerful movies, sparks contemplation of our own lives.

© 2013 - Oscilloscope Pictures
After Tiller visits three clinics performing late-term abortions.

The Unknown Known is Errol Morris's fitfully illuminating exit interview with Donald Rumsfeld.

Courtesy of Noujaim Films
The Square's activists return to Tahrir

Frederick Wiseman's At Berkeley highlights the need for great public universities.

© 2013 - Focus World
Links between American Evangelicals and Uganda's violent homophobia are explored in God Loves Uganda.

© 2013 - Focus World
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks can't get a fix on its thorny subject matter.

Linsanity keeps its cardboard hero two-dimensional.

An animated marvel,

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

will set your brain off like fireworks.

Caucus is an irresistible crash course in why Republicans lose national elections.

More Than Honey is a delightful journey into the shrinking world of bees.

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