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Documentaries rank among 2003's top breakouts

Michael Moore may have declared that we live in fictitious times, but his ''Bowling for Columbine'' kicked off a surge in fact at the box office: (From top) ''Winged Migration'' and ''Spellbound'' taught us about the birds and the bees, while ''Capturing the Friedmans'' revealed a family's undoing by allegations of pedophilia. Not your typical summer fare, but thanks to glowing reviews -- and maybe even reality TV -- the films hit the mainstream. ''Everybody figured out documentaries can be fun and interesting,'' says ''Friedmans'' director Andrew Jarecki. In other words, they're not just for film geeks anymore.

Originally posted Dec 03, 2003