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When They See Us: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  The miniseries tells a one-sided story of the Central Park 5. We examine both sides.
Rocketman: History vs. Hollywood
Music  |  Does this Elton John biopic get drowned out by too much fiction?
Tolkien: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Are the biopic's facts lost in the fires of Mount Doom?
Breakthrough: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  How much of the movie's miraculous survival story is true?
The Dirt: History vs. Hollywood
Music  |  We dig into The Dirt to reveal how much of the Netflix movie is factual.
I Am the Night: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Are the shocking revelations in this noir miniseries rooted in fact?
The Upside: History vs. Hollywood
Comedy  |  Is too much fiction the downside to this movie about a quadriplegic who hires a parolee to care for him?
The Mule: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Does this story of an elderly drug courier deliver too much fiction?
Chernobyl: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  This nuclear disaster miniseries delivers a higher dose of fear than fact.
The Act: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  How much of this story of a mother who lies and convinces the world her child is gravely ill is true?
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Does this story of serial killer Ted Bundy butcher the facts?
The Best of Enemies: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Activist Ann Atwater takes on Klan leader C.P. Ellis, but how much is true?
Fighting with My Family: History vs. Hollywood
Comedy  |  Do the facts get pinned by the fiction in this story of WWE wrestler Paige?
Vice: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Does the Dick Cheney biopic attempt to rewrite history?
Welcome to Marwen: History vs. Hollywood
Comedy  |  A man suffering from PTSD after a brutal attack finds solace in a miniature world of dolls, but how much of this Robert Zemeckis film is actually true?
The Favourite: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Was Queen Anne really caught up in a high-stakes love triangle with two other women?


LATEST ADDITIONS

When They See Us
The Netflix miniseries presents a one-sided look at the Central Park 5 case. We examine both sides.
Chernobyl
Does this HBO miniseries about the Chernobyl disaster deliver a heavy does of fiction or fact?
Rocketman
Does this Elton John biopic contain too much fantasy and not enough fact?
The Act
How accurate is this story of a mother who keeps her daughter captive by fake illnesses?
Tolkien
The film explores the formative years of author J.R.R. Tolkien.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Does fiction suffocate the facts in this Ted Bundy film?
Breakthrough
Is the movie's miraculous survival story fact or mostly fiction?
The Best of Enemies
A civil rights activist works with a Klan leader, but is the story accurate?
The Dirt
Did rock band Mötley Crüe really do all of the crazy things seen in the movie?
Fighting with My Family
Does this story of WWE wrestler Paige get pinned by too much fiction?
I Am the Night
A ruined reporter helps a young woman investigate the mystery of her birth, but how much really happened?
The Upside
How much fiction is in this story of a wealthy quadriplegic who hires a convict to take care of him?
Vice
Christian Bale captures Dick Cheney physically, but does the movie bear any resemblance to the truth?
Welcome to Marwen
A man (Steve Carell) creates a miniature WWII town in his yard to deal with PTSD.
The Mule
Is this story of an elderly WWII veteran who transports drugs for a Mexican cartel filled with fiction.
The Favourite
Lady Sarah becomes jealous of Queen Anne's affection for her new servant, but is the ensuing love triangle real?
Green Book
Is the truth reinvented in this story of a bouncer who drives a black pianist through the 1960s South?
Outlaw King
How accurate is this film about the 14th century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert the Bruce?
22 July
How true is this film about Norway's worst terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of 77 people?
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Does this movie about a literary forger invent certain parts of the story?
Beautiful Boy
Does this story of a father trying to help his drug-addicted son leave out certain facts?
The Old Man & the Gun
We compare the real-life bank robber to the Robert Redford movie.
Operation Finale
In 1960, a group of secret agents attempt to capture Adolf Eichman, an architect of the Holocaust.
Bohemian Rhapsody
Does the movie stay in tune with the facts?
A Prayer Before Dawn
An English boxer finds himself in a savage Thai prison, but how much is fact?
White Boy Rick
Does this story of a 14-year-old FBI informant turned drug dealer stick to the facts?
BlacKkKlansman
Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer, goes undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

UPCOMING MOVIES
January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
The Kid (3/8)
The Act (3/20)
The Dirt (3/22)
Unplanned (3/29)
April 2019
Peterloo (4/5)
Stockholm (4/12)
May 2019
Chernobyl (5/6)
Tolkien (5/10)
Deadwood (5/31)
Rocketman (5/31)
June 2019
July 2019
Skin (7/26)
August 2019
September 2019
Judy (9/27)
October 2019
November 2019
Unknown 2019
Unknown 2020

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