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Senna

Legendary race-car driver gets documentary treatment

0 Comments · Saturday, October 15, 2011
Even if you couldn't give a damn about fast cars chasing their tails around a track, this British-made documentary about F1 racing legend Ayrton Senna is still undeniably gripping stuff. Senna skips t  

Beginners (Review)

Mike Mills’ latest is an affecting look at the possibility of personal rebirth

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
“You think you’re you,” a man tells a dog named Arthur, before breaking it to Arthur, a Jack Russell, that his personality has everything to do with being bred that way. They’re just starting out — the man has inherited the dog from his dead father — but true beginnings are well-nigh impossible. From the moment of birth, we become imprinted by outside forces, most crucially those of our parents, so even if we resolve to scour clean Mom’s and Dad’s identifying marks on us, that very act of rebellion is a reaction to, and therefore a confirmation of, their ineluctable influence.  

The First Grader (Review)

True-life story weirdly mutes its dramatic possibilites

0 Comments · Thursday, June 2, 2011
There are, to be sure, foregone conclusions in any kind of inspirational true-life story of this ilk, but British filmmaker Justin Chadwick is weirdly keen on deflecting all drama. Grade: C-plus.  

I Am (Review)

Tom Shadyac's documentary an exercise in self-absorption

0 Comments · Thursday, May 5, 2011
This clumsy talking-head-heavy documentary raises some interesting ideas, but director Tom Shadyac isn't content to simply let his interview subjects speak for themselves. Grade: D-.