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Nina Simone

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It’s impossible to encapsulate a life in a couple of hours but the genius of this Liz Garbus biodoc about Nina Simone is that it doesn’t pretend to. The jazz/blues/pop singer was an incredibly complicated person, which the film reveals with archival interviews, intimate performance footage and chats with those who knew her, including her daughter. It plays out like snapshots of a rich but difficult life and, because Garbus is modest about her intentions, those snapshots add up to a fascinating portrait.

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This week's fresh offerings include a recently-released Pixar animated tale, a marathon of James Bond films and new music from country star Sam Hunt. Also out this week is the reissue of a rare Nina Simone record from her time in Paris when feelings of loneliness crept in. And the ladies of "The Talk" return — at a safe social distance — from their own homes.

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A classy romantic drama about fame and happiness, “Beyond the Lights” has a smart script about likable, talented characters. Written and direc…

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