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In Jackson Heights (2015)

Frederick Wiseman (Boxing Gym, At Berkeley, National Gallery) returns with another of his singular documentaries. As with his other films, In Jackson Heights employs his unique fly-on-the-wall technique, wherein he somehow gets his camera close to people, to record their natural actions and reactions, without them seeming to notice or care. It feels like we're actually visiting. Jackson Heights is a neighborhood in Queens, NY, which boasts the largest melting pot in the world. Apparently some 167 languages are spoken in this one area. We meet some of these cultures and view them at work, and we see much preparation of delicious-looking food. We hear from gay groups and Latino immigrants, and we sit in on some classes. We also sit in on some neighborhood meetings because, of course, rich white people have begun to notice the neighborhood -- it's a quick train ride into Manhattan -- and have begun to attempt buying it up and gentrifying it. In one horrifying speech, a neighborhood man explains just how they do this, and folks wind up with no choice left but to sell. But despite the threat of losing everything, we see that the locals are strong, kind, wise people who have found a kind of harmony. (See Wiseman's official page for more info.) read more...
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In Jackson Heights (2015)

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  • Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Arabic, English, Hindi, Spanish, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 190 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/17/2015
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Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

The great documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman returns with this look at a small town in America's heartland. It's presumably an attempt to find out what makes Trump supporters tick, though politics are rarely mentioned, and such an attempt would probably be futile anyway. Instead, Wiseman does what he does best, observing the residents of Monrovia doing what they do. There are city council meetings, peeks inside a gun shop and a tattoo parlor, and the film admires the crops of corn that seem to be the center of the town's business. The camera looks at a pizza parlor, and in a most disturbing moment, a veterinary clinic (where a dog undergoes surgery). As usual, there is no narration, are no issues tackled, and no arguments made one way or the other. Wiseman is the master of "fly-on-the-wall" filmmaking, getting his camera so close and so unobtrusive, that none of his subjects ever seem to be aware that he's even there. They just talk as if no camera were present. His selection of scenes paints a portrait of a small town, both dignified and respectful, but also a little depressing. Regardless, everyone in America should be watching Wiseman regularly; he's a national treasure. read more...
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Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

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  • Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 143 minutes
  • Release Date: 10/25/2018
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Scott Walker: 30th Century Man (2006)

Scott Walker was once a popular and top-selling pop star, both as a solo act and with the group the Walker Brothers (none of them really named Walker); he was even something of a teen sex symbol. Oddly, though he's still alive and still produces the occasional record, he has fallen almost totally off the radar. I'm a music nut and I had never heard of him. So he makes the perfect topic for a new documentary, and fortunately director Stephen Kijak does it justice. read more...
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Scott Walker: 30th Century Man (2006)

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  • With: Scott Walker, David Bowie, Dot Allison, Brian Eno, Ute Lemper, Lulu, Johnny Marr, Sting, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien (a.k.a. Radiohead), Gavin Friday, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, Marc Almond, Alison Goldfrapp, Simon Raymonde, Richard Hawley, Rob Ellis, Peter Olliff, Angela Morley (a.k.a. Wally Stott), Ed Bicknell, Evan Parker, Hector Zazou, Mo Foster, Phil Sheppard, Peter Walsh
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  • Directed by: Stephen Kijak
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
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Food, Inc. (2009)

I can't think of a more urgent, day-by-day issue for a feature documentary than food. Directed by Robert Kenner, Food, Inc. plays a bit like a collection of greatest hits from Super Size Me, Fast Food Nation and King Corn. But the film's bright, cheerful tone, colorful graphics and bite-sized snippets will hopefully appeal to larger crowd, thereby spreading this vital information to new areas. read more...
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Food, Inc. (2009)

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  • With: Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin, Barbara Kowalcyk, Gary Hirschberg
  • Written by: n/a
  • Directed by: Robert Kenner
  • MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic material and disturbing images
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/06/2008
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Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

First off, there are the photographs. Even if you're an amateur shutterbug, it's clear that the photos are masterworks. As others have accurately described, they have a certain joy, pain, openness, and curiosity that should have made the photographer a star. But she died totally unknown. read more...
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Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

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  • With: John Maloof, Mary Ellen Mark, Phil Donahue
  • Written by: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
  • Directed by: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 83 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/10/2014
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