American Dream

BARBARA KOPPLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1990.  Cabin Creek Films, Catholic Communication Campaign, Channel Four Films.  Cinematography by Peter Gilbert, Kevin Keating, Hart Perry, Mark Petersson, Mathieu Roberts.  Produced by Arthur Cohn, Barbara Kopple.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Mark Stuart Lane.  Film Editing by Cathy Caplan, Thomas Haneke, Lawrence Silk.  Academy Awards 1990.  New York Film Critics…

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Stevie

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Steve James follows his magnificent Hoop Dreams with this blistering documentary about his reunion with former friend Stephen Fielding, whom he met while mentoring him as a Big Brother years earlier. Catching up with Stevie, James now finds a young man who is in constant trouble with the law and has…

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Hoop Dreams

BBBBB (out of 5) This incredible documentary is everything you’ve heard it is and more. It follows the lives of two inner city Chicago kids who want more than anything to play basketball for the NBA, but what it also does, and here’s where the film is elevated to masterpiece status, is give a wholly…

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