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  • Spielberg

    Spielberg

    ★★★

    A superficial, hagiographic glorified clipshow that effectively suggests Spielberg was just born a fully formed master filmmaker without delving into the why's and how's and keeps any skeletons safely in the closet. But they're good clips and a murderer's row of talking heads so it functions as a nice, breezy stroll down memory lane. If this trend of career retrospective docs continues, I wonder if it would be too much to ask to have Scorsese direct his own.

  • Minerita

    Minerita

    ★★

    Pretty sick of exploitative docs like this that get a pass on the festival circuit for their worthy subject matter alone. A genuinely incredible story that warrants feature length exploration done an incredible disservice by lazy, visionless filmmakers who recognized the inherent appeal of "poverty-stricken female mine guards under constant threat who protect themselves with dynamite," then did absolutely no other evident work beyond pressing the record button to attempt to do that story or its subjects justice.

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  • 13th

    13th

    ★★★½

    Very conflicted on this one.

    It does a remarkable job marshaling an avalanche of evidence to prove a thoroughly credible, convincing thesis on a timely subject central to the lives, laws, and morals of its audience and their society.

    It's the most compelling advocacy doc of its type since Inside Job and it has a lot in common with that film and Charles Ferguson's other masterpiece, No End in Sight. Through incredible access, probing questions, precision editing, and a strong…

  • Revolutionary Road

    Revolutionary Road

    ★★★★★

    Perhaps the most underappreciated Hollywood film of the last several years. A brilliant realization of a novel on the level of Gatsby, Lolita, and Sirens of Titan with career best performances from DiCaprio, Winslet, and the remarkable Michael Shannon. I've seen it only once since it's such a hard experience to relive, but it shook me to my core and hasn't left my thoughts for long since. In short, a masterpiece.