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Having seen the Kinks' last U.S. tour in 1994, I've never yearned for a reunion; by the time they split, they'd been plugging away for more than 30 years, their glory days long behind them. In this documentary, Boston Globe reporter Geoff Edgers chronicles his doomed mission to reunite estranged brothers Ray and Dave Davies, but the movie is mostly about him, and his interviews with other artists are sullied by his self-aggrandizing requests to jam with them onscreen. (Paul Weller walks out, Sting can't remember the lyrics to "You Really Got Me," and Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey elbow Edgers out by performing the little-known gem "Get Back in Line," which he can't play.) The self-absorption is particularly obnoxious when you consider what made the Kinks' songs so special: Ray's empathetic third-person storytelling. Edgers never corrals Ray, but he does corner Dave, neglecting to clarify what's fairly evident onscreen: since his stroke in 2004, the once-brilliant guitarist is too ill to perform live. Robert Patton-Spruill directed.

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