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  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • His Girl Friday

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  • Stillwater

    ★★½

  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★★

  • Enemies of the State

    ★★★½

  • Small Town Gay Bar

    ★★½

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  • Stillwater

    Stillwater

    ★★½

    As a well-meaning, crisply acted, and richly subtextual melodrama, Stillwater can be quite satisfying when its individual elements are considered on their own. But in the aggregate, many feel out of place.

    My full review is at PopMatters.

  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Little too much VH1 'I Love the '90s' vibe here (why the sequence on Napster? That relates how?). But otherwise, this is a not-bad evocation of just what a septic tank American culture was in 1999. If the great musical divide at the time was Limp Bizkit vs. Backstreet Boys, is it any wonder so many of us had tuned out of anything happening in the mainstream?

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  • American Murder: The Family Next Door

    American Murder: The Family Next Door

    ★★

    As an experiment in format, American Murder is intriguing. Instead of bringing people in to give fresh commentary, we have only the artifacts left behind by a seemingly ordinary family in a seemingly ordinary suburb. But as a documentary, it makes for an incomplete picture...

    My full review is at The Playlist.

  • MLK/FBI

    MLK/FBI

    ★★★★

    A knotty and compelling documentary that threads together the story of the F.B.I.’s obsession with finding compromising secrets about King with an unusually frank accounting of what some of those secrets were.

    My full review from the Toronto International Film Festival is here.