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May 17, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is a fascinating story buried in Iverson , a biographical documentary of the 76ers great. Director Zatella Beatty does her best to tease it out of her subject. But her greenness at the helm shows, as she relies heavily on a cloying score, obvious imagery, and a simplistic structure. The film, which premiered at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, starts with Allen Iverson's hardscrabble youth in the projects of Newport News, Va., hitting on his controversial 1993 arrest after a bowling alley brawl (which leads to a cameo by current NBC10 reporter Monique Braxton)
NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
A work of bizarro genius, The Incredibly Dangerous Astonishing Lucrative and Potentially True Adventures of Barry Seal , at FringeArts only through Saturday, is not to be missed. Thaddeus Phillips gives us a brilliant, hilarious theater installation/conspiracy theory/telenovela/true-life drama about the titular drug smuggler and CIA informant. If you look up Barry Seal, you'll discover that not only was he a real person, but also that there are conflicting theories about his death.
NEWS
April 27, 2015
Avengers - Age of Ultron Tony Stark needs superhero help to deal with the evil Ultron. Felix and Meira An unlikely relationship develops between a Hasidic woman and a secular Jew in Montreal. Grey Gardens A restoration of the classic cult documentary by Albert and David Maysles following Big Edie and Little Edie Beale - eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - in their decaying mansion in the Hamptons. Re-release. The Mafia Kills Only In Summer Dark comedy on 20 years of Sicilian life.
NEWS
April 27, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - When Brett Morgen was working through the drawings, journals, home videos, and sound collages that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain left behind after taking his life in 1994, the filmmaker found a note to Cobain's then-girlfriend Tracey Marander, written in the late 1980s. "I'm going to work now," Cobain wrote. "When I'm gone please go through all my things and figure me out. " That was Morgen's task in 2007, when Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, approached him about making a film.
SPORTS
April 23, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
YOU WANT the Answer? Watch "Iverson," a documentary about a pint-sized player who made a giant impact in the NBA. The film, which debuted at New York's Tribeca Film Festival last April, will premiere on television on Showtime on May 16 at 9 p.m. Director Zatella Beatty somehow squeezes Allen Iverson's life into 97 minutes. Touches on his childhood in Hampton, Va., his much-publicized arrest at a bowling alley brawl at 17, his college years at Georgetown and his NBA career, which included 12 seasons with the Sixers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2015 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer
DJ AM got a second chance at life. The celebrity deejay, born Adam Goldstein, survived a 2008 plane crash in South Carolina that killed four. Goldstein and his frequent collaborator, Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, survived. Just a year later, Goldstein was found dead in his Manhattan apartment from an accidental drug overdose. He was 36. Goldstein was born in Philadelphia and lived near Rittenhouse Square until he moved to Los Angeles at 14. He attended the Philadelphia School, Greenfield Elementary and Friends' Central.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
TO STOP bullying, we have to understand the issues that cause bullies to act out in the first place. That's why director Amy S. Weber explores a bully's perspective in her film "A Girl Like Her," which opens today. "We hear so many of the stories from the victim's perspective, and we wanted to offer another side of the story - a story that we very rarely, if ever, get to hear," Weber said. Weber has written and produced more than 40 award-winning educational documentaries, in which she's explored tough topics facing youth, such as violence and eating disorders.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anyone with a Twitter feed will be aware of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief , even if not by name. For some time, promoted tweets have filled feeds in an attempt to discredit individuals who appear in Going Clear , the documentary that debuts at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO. The tweets don't mention Alex Gibney's documentary by name, but these paid-for missives accuse ex-Scientologists of being liars, seemingly without context....
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
AUSTIN, Texas - Here at the Interactive/Film week of South by Southwest, the question arises: Is it possible to own too many pairs of shoes? The title characters of Sneakerheadz , David T. Friendly and Mick Partridge's lively, pop-cult-savvy documentary about sneaker collectors, would agree with Imelda Marcos that it is not. With appearances by sneaker obsessives including rapper Wale, comedian Mike Epps, and DJs Samantha Ronson and...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2015
ABOUT a month ago, I watched the investigative reporter Edward R. Murrow's 1960 CBS documentary, "Harvest of Shame," which brought me to tears. Unprecedented in its day, the award-winning documentary aired on Thanksgiving and put up a mirror showing what poverty and the plight of farmworkers looked like, not in a third-world country, but right here at home. From the opening scene, I was riveted. It looked like an open lot for livestock and it was packed with African-American men and women looking for work.
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