February 18, 2013 12:00 PM

>Beyoncé is star and codirector of Life Is But a Dream (HBO, Feb. 16), a gauzy, pretty documentary that encompasses two key events: her firing of her manager-father and the birth of daughter Blue Ivy Carter. While she looks to the past and the future in triumphant serenity, we wait for the performance footage. It has a rousing, aggressive snap. []

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