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Year: 20072

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  • In the Shadow of the Moon

      A reflection on the ’60s space race and the almost insurmountable setbacks NASA conquered to realize Kennedy’s dream of putting a man on the moon, this fascinating documentary features new interviews with nine of the astronauts who flew on the Apollo missions (not surprisingly, the reclusive Neil Armstrong isn’t one of the them). Their anecdotes are warm, and their humble amazement at being chosen for such an earth-shattering job is infectious. The file footage is even more impressive. The material filmed by the astronauts themselves while launching, in orbit and on the hostile, craterous moonscape are so well preserved you’d think they were newly produced dramatizations. But those majestic shots of flying shrapnel are the real deal, many of which are being exhibited here for the first time. Still, you’d be best to walk out before the last 10 minutes, which exploit this essential piece of historical record to cheaply and irrelevantly comment on the earth’s eco crisis.
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  • Resurrecting the Champ

      This is the true story of Denver Times sportswriter Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett), who, in a career slump, finds his golden ticket in the form of a pitiful homeless man (Samuel L. Jackson) who claims to be a formerly high-ranking boxing champion. Kernan gets the story he wants, impressing his Times editor (Alan Alda) and the editor for whom he duplicitously freelances the story (David Paymer) — but at an unexpected price. Despite an unnecessarily treacly ending, Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett’s screenplay is textbook-perfect. They show a studied reverence for the newspaper industry and how it works, making this as appealing for die-hard newshounds as the average viewer.
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