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With no demanding actors, expensive special effects, or enormous film crews, documentaries are probably the easiest movies to make. Yet, since the genre looks at very specific topics, documentaries are probably the hardest movies to make appeal to a general audience. Michael Moore does it best when he combines broad, relevant issues with biting humor. Not coincidentally, his latest documentary, Bowling for Columbine, received universal acclaim and box-office success; it was one of the most entertaining films of 2002.

Stevie is the latest film by Steve James, the Academy award-winning director of the powerful, intimate documentary Hoop Dreams. But this is one of the most tedious films of the year, a two-hour ride through rural, southern Illinois, in a town where lifeless cattle graze all day, where old church steeples cast extended shadows across vacant street corners, and where the landscape distributes ramshackle country houses across the horizontal planes like raisins scattered through a bowl of Raisin Bran. Are you still awake?

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