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Heavy with statistics and talking heads, this 2006 documentary by James Jandak Wood is no work of art, but it provides a sweeping overview of how the petroleum economy has transformed our culture, environment, and geopolitics. Wood focuses on the concept of “peak oil,” proposed by the late geophysicist Marion King Hubbert, whose thesis was that world oil production follows a bell curve. Once supply begins to decline, the movie argues, human history will become an endless war for control of the remaining reserves. Like most doomsday docs, this ends on an upbeat note, with a list of things you can do to help, but the most helpful thing would be to drive your SUV into a wall—or better yet, another SUV. 97 min.

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