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Rory Kennedy - Los Angeles screening of Broad Green Pictures' 'I Smile Back' on at the ArcLight Hollywood - Arrivals at ArcLight Hollywood - Hollywood, California - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 21st October 2015

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Mark Bailey, Rory Kennedy , Keven McAlester - 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater, Emmy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 12th September 2015

Mark Bailey, Rory Kennedy and Keven Mcalester
Mark Bailey, Rory Kennedy and Keven Mcalester

Rory Kennedy - Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 20th February 2015

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Rory Kennedy - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the 51st Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards Gala which were held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 14th February 2015

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Mark Bailey, Rory Kennedy and Guest - Photographs of a host of stars as they arrived for the 2015 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony which were held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 14th February 2015

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Mark Bailey, Rory Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Cheryl Hines

Video - Taylor Swift, Jerry Springer And Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Arrive At The Kennedy's Ripple Of Hope Awards Dinner


Taylor Swift, Jerry Springer, Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Thomas and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. were among the mass of arrivals for the 2012 Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner at The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in New York City.

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Bobby Fischer Against The World Review


Excellent
Strikingly well-assembled, this straightforward doc chronicles the chess champ's life using first-hand reminiscences and a wealth of historical footage.

It's surprising, involving and ultimately very moving.

Fischer emerged as a 9-year-old chess prodigy. By 15 he was the 1958 US champion, and he soon set his sights on the world champion Russian players. At the height of the Cold War in 1972, both countries had their reputations staked on the showdown between Fisher and Boris Spassky in Reykjavik. After Fischer's paranoid, diva-like behaviour almost derailed the match, he emerged the victor.

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Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas! Review


Good
Puerto Rico is a special case in American history, neither fish nor fowl, and so off the radar of the average citizen as to almost not exist. Taken as a prize in the 1898 Spanish-American War, the island was swiftly made into a colony of sorts, the land pressed into service for sugar companies, while a large segment of the population - who to this day don't have the right to vote for president - was put into uniform or brought to the U.S. mainland in a little-known or -understood farm worker relocation program in the postwar period. In 1952, the island was made into a commonwealth, a status it still holds today, which makes it something less than a state and yet more than a colony; though plenty of Puerto Ricans would argue that it much more strongly resembles the latter.

The first major Latin American group to emigrate to the American mainland, Puerto Ricans in the States number about three million today, though ignorance of where they're from and what they're about is endemic. To illustrate this ignorance in her documentary Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que tu lo Sepas!, Rosie Perez tells a story about being asked while she was in college where Puerto Rico was. Thus the reason for her film - which she co-directed with Oscar-winner Liz Garbus - which mixes Perez family history with that of the island and its people in general. It's sort of an elaborate home movie mixed with social studies, but an impressive effort, nonetheless.

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Street Fight Review


Excellent
It's tempting to view politics as little more than a grudge match, an untelegenic blood match between a number of well-dressed liars who should be judged not for the substance of their statements, but rather the artifice with which they conceal their true intentions. That was certainly the manner in which the local and national media seemed to treat the 2002 Newark mayoral campaign, an unusually rough-and-tumble fight between a hard-headed incumbent and an idealistic upstart. Even though the outcome couldn't have been more crucial - given the city's desperate poverty and steadily rising crime rate - it was treated more humorously than anything else, the writers almost seeming to pine for the more colorful days of machine politics that the election harkened back to. But, as Street Fight - Marshall Curry's punchy, entertaining, Oscar-nominated documentary of the election - shows, that kind of corrosive cynicism ends up favoring the entrenched powers that be, no matter what dirt they may sling.

Going into the election, it looks a pretty easy choice. The incumbent, Sharpe James, had been mayor of Newark since 1986 and seems your typical city hall dinosaur. Lazy from a lack of competition and fattened off a suspiciously hefty salary (further boosted, many had it, by the endemic corruption James had narrowly escaped being jailed for in the '90s), James should have been a cinch for his challenger, Cory Booker, to take out. Booker is a choirboy type from the suburbs, a Rhodes scholar and college football star who went straight from Stanford to Yale Law School to Newark, where he moved into a housing project and set up a nonprofit organization before taking on James. He's tall, broad of shoulder, quick of wit, and self-assured without seeming pompous; in short, a campaign manager's dream. New vs. old, crusading vs. corrupt, the choice seems clear. As Curry ably shows, though, in places like Newark, the old guard hasn't stayed in power so long by playing nice.

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Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas! Review


Good
Puerto Rico is a special case in American history, neither fish nor fowl, and so off the radar of the average citizen as to almost not exist. Taken as a prize in the 1898 Spanish-American War, the island was swiftly made into a colony of sorts, the land pressed into service for sugar companies, while a large segment of the population - who to this day don't have the right to vote for president - was put into uniform or brought to the U.S. mainland in a little-known or -understood farm worker relocation program in the postwar period. In 1952, the island was made into a commonwealth, a status it still holds today, which makes it something less than a state and yet more than a colony; though plenty of Puerto Ricans would argue that it much more strongly resembles the latter.

The first major Latin American group to emigrate to the American mainland, Puerto Ricans in the States number about three million today, though ignorance of where they're from and what they're about is endemic. To illustrate this ignorance in her documentary Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que tu lo Sepas!, Rosie Perez tells a story about being asked while she was in college where Puerto Rico was. Thus the reason for her film - which she co-directed with Oscar-winner Liz Garbus - which mixes Perez family history with that of the island and its people in general. It's sort of an elaborate home movie mixed with social studies, but an impressive effort, nonetheless.

Continue reading: Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas! Review

Street Fight Review


Excellent
It's tempting to view politics as little more than a grudge match, an untelegenic blood match between a number of well-dressed liars who should be judged not for the substance of their statements, but rather the artifice with which they conceal their true intentions. That was certainly the manner in which the local and national media seemed to treat the 2002 Newark mayoral campaign, an unusually rough-and-tumble fight between a hard-headed incumbent and an idealistic upstart. Even though the outcome couldn't have been more crucial - given the city's desperate poverty and steadily rising crime rate - it was treated more humorously than anything else, the writers almost seeming to pine for the more colorful days of machine politics that the election harkened back to. But, as Street Fight - Marshall Curry's punchy, entertaining, Oscar-nominated documentary of the election - shows, that kind of corrosive cynicism ends up favoring the entrenched powers that be, no matter what dirt they may sling.

Going into the election, it looks a pretty easy choice. The incumbent, Sharpe James, had been mayor of Newark since 1986 and seems your typical city hall dinosaur. Lazy from a lack of competition and fattened off a suspiciously hefty salary (further boosted, many had it, by the endemic corruption James had narrowly escaped being jailed for in the '90s), James should have been a cinch for his challenger, Cory Booker, to take out. Booker is a choirboy type from the suburbs, a Rhodes scholar and college football star who went straight from Stanford to Yale Law School to Newark, where he moved into a housing project and set up a nonprofit organization before taking on James. He's tall, broad of shoulder, quick of wit, and self-assured without seeming pompous; in short, a campaign manager's dream. New vs. old, crusading vs. corrupt, the choice seems clear. As Curry ably shows, though, in places like Newark, the old guard hasn't stayed in power so long by playing nice.

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Girlhood Review


Very Good
Most people assume that boys will be more violent than girls, especially in the adolescent years. The stereotype is that boys work out their aggression with bloodthirsty sparring while girls internalize their problems with unhealthy cliques of peers who focus on shopping or dieting. But having researched the growing percentages of assaults on women by women, documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus follows two young female delinquents as they struggle through the structure they didn't have at home while trying re-enter society.

Shanae is 13 years old. At the age of 10, she was gang-raped by five boys, reacted by delving into drugs and alcohol, and ended up at the Waxter facility after stabbing a friend to death. Megan is 14 and has been in and out of foster homes for years since her addict mother prostituted herself to earn money for drugs. Megan was sent to the same detention center after assaulting a peer with a box cutter.

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