Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Chimps, Rhymes and L'Chayim

A trio of docs, all of interest and all reviewed by me in the (metaphorical) pages of Slant Magazine, open this week in New York. While James Marsh's Project Nim, detailing the post-celeb afterlife of mid-'70s ape sensation Nim Chimsky, disappoints and Michael Rappaport's Beats, Rhymes and Life, a portrait of legendary hip-hoppers A Tribe Called Quest, is a mixed bag (as I detail in my review reposted from this year's Tribeca Film Festival), Joseph Dorman's Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, is comprehensive, intelligent and fully satisfying.

Project Nim (Slant)
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (Slant)
Fading of the Cries (Village Voice)

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