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    City of Gold (2016)

    Laura Gabbert's City of Gold is a documentary about the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold, but it's really a documentary about journalism and eating, and truly appreciating both words and food. And, if I may struggle over a word for a moment, it's delectable. Working for the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Gold limits his culinary explorations to that city, but is actually unlimited, given the large number of cultures and dishes available there. Truly curious, Gold researches and dines several times before even setting fingers to keyboard. He's unassuming, but still well-known among the food world, he's slightly feared -- we see one restauranteur freaking out when Gold arrives unannounced -- but also loved; one interviewee explains that Gold is a most empathetic critic, more interested in understanding and sharing than he is in writing well-worded pans. Gold himself is a humble subject, perhaps not very dynamic, but still kind of lovable. He's not exactly tubby, but parts of him are: his fingers and neck. He has long, thinning gray hair and a mustache, and wears suspenders that literally seem to keep up his pants (they're not a fashion statement). He's seen giving a graduation speech and a reading in a bookstore, and he appears fairly uncomfortable at both. He claims to be lazy and easily distracted, forever late on reviews and constantly hounded by exasperated editors. But I see him as more curious than lazy. He never stops working; he just finds more things to absorb, either through his eyes, or his taste buds. Some celebrity chefs are interviewed (including Roy Choi, who previously made a movie mark as the creative consultant for Jon Favreau's wonderful Chef), and there's quite a bit of drool-worthy food photography, but director Gabbert lets Gold be his own subject. read more...
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    City of Gold (2016)

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    • With: Jonathan Gold, Roy Choi, David Chang, Ruth Reichl, Calvin Trillin, Laurie Ochoa, Allen Salkin, Genet Agonafer, Nancy Silverton, Carolina Miranda, Andrew Zimmern
    • Written by: Laura Gabbert
    • Directed by: Laura Gabbert
    • MPAA Rating: R for some language
    • Running Time: 89 minutes
    • Release Date: 03/24/2016
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    NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)

    Jeremy Whelehan's documentary NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage tells the story of the world tour of Sam Mendes' production of Richard III, starring Kevin Spacey. It looks like it would have been a hell of a show in real life, but the documentary leaves me with several troubling reactions. read more...
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      NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)

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      • With: Kevin Spacey, Maureen Anderman, Stephen Lee Anderson, Jeremy Bobb, Nathan Darrow, Jack Ellis, Hadyn Dwynne, Chukwudi Iwuji, Isaiah Johnson, Gemma Jones, Andrew Long, Katherine Manners, Sam Mendes, Howard W. Overshown, Simon Lee Phillips
      • Written by: n/a
      • Directed by: Jeremy Whelehan
      • MPAA Rating: NR
      • Running Time: 97 minutes
      • Release Date: 05/08/2014
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      Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2017)

      Written and directed by Jeff Grace, this laid-back, bittersweet comedy at first seems a little formulaic, but as it goes along it proves less reliant on dumb situations than on interesting characters. read more...
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        Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2017)

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        • With: Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner, Michael Ian Black, Hannah Simone, Heather Morris, Melanie Lynskey, David Cross, Sarah Arnold, Alex McKenna, Rachel Staman, Thida Penn, Jessica Megan Rivera, Todd Berger, Blaise Miller, Kevin M. Brennann, Mike C. Manning
        • Written by: Jeff Grace
        • Directed by: Jeff Grace
        • MPAA Rating: NR
        • Running Time: 88 minutes
        • Release Date: 05/11/2017
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        To Be Takei (2014)

        I settled down to Jennifer M. Kroot's To Be Takei as a longtime Star Trek fan, though not quite a "trekkie," who prefers the original series and the original cast to anything else. I was hoping for at least a fun fan documentary about actor George Takei, who played Sulu. But what I got instead was an often profound documentary about racism, forgiveness, bigotry, empathy, and love. The movie tackles its issues with strength, but without rage. read more...
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          To Be Takei (2014)

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          • With: George Takei, Brad Takei, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, John Cho, Howard Stern, Dan Savage, B.D. Wong, Tom Ammiano
          • Written by: n/a
          • Directed by: Jennifer M. Kroot
          • MPAA Rating: NR
          • Running Time: 94 minutes
          • Release Date: 08/21/2014
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          Jingle Bell Rocks! (2013)

          The documentary Jingle Bell Rocks! chronicles the obsessive collecting of Christmas music, but not just the usual stuff by Bing Crosby or Elvis or Brenda Lee. We're talking very weird stuff, kicking off with Nat King Cole's "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot," Miles Davis' "Blue Xmas," and even more obscure stuff. The movie can seem off-putting if your'e a fan of the traditional stuff, but it may make you open your eyes to more alternative tunes and the impulses behind them. read more...
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            Jingle Bell Rocks! (2013)

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            • With: Reverend Run, Wayne Coyne, John Waters, Doctor Demento, Bob Dorough, The Mighty Sparrow, Mitchell Kezin
            • Written by: Mitchell Kezin
            • Directed by: Mitchell Kezin
            • MPAA Rating: NR
            • Running Time: 94 minutes
            • Release Date: 12/04/2014
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