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112 minutes · 2013

Music documentary
In the early 70s the Memphis guitar-pop band Big Star recorded three brilliant albums, each distinct from the others, that went almost completely unheard due to a variety of record label problems. Now Big Star is the most beloved cult band in all of rock, and this documentary by Drew DeNicola is only the latest exhumation of their work. The movie suffers from a fannish myopia, sauntering along for 112 minutes as it dwells on the subsequent solo career of singer-songwriter Alex Chilton and the band's kinda-sorta reunion for a victory lap in the 90s. DeNicola gets the spine of the story, though, including the sad decline and death of Big Star founder Chris Bell in the late 70s. It's a tale of extraordinary creative accomplishment followed by bitter rejection; fused with the band's lonely music, which DeNicola samples liberally on the soundtrack, it has the power of a pop myth.

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