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89 minutes

Documentary, Music documentary
This amiable documentary profile of bluegrass musician Chris Thile was shot in 2008 and 2009, when he rebounded from the recent breakup of his band Nickel Creek to form the more experimental bluegrass outfit the Punch Brothers. Director Mark Meatto devotes most of the movie to Thile and company on tour; they come across as modest, intelligent, but not especially compelling. This might have been more interesting had Meatto focused on the writing and arranging of the songs, whose ambitious structures draw on classical composition and contemporary ambient music.

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