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Rated NR · 95 minutes
Grant Gee's 1998 documentary about Radiohead, structured around the band's OK Computer tour, includes shots of faceless commuters and other evidence that some human pursuits are dehumanizing, though it's deliberately ambiguous about whether footage of masses attending Radiohead concerts is meant to be an exception. Grainy performance clips, text from laudatory reviews, outtakes from promotional spots, and circular sound-and-image bites (such as a hasty cutaway from a journalist asking a band member for the stupidest question he's ever been asked by a journalist) are montaged into an info-age spectacle that criticizes high technology, the music industry, consumerism, and hype—without ever pretending to reject any of it. In the process, front man Thom Yorke comes across as a refreshingly complex incarnation of an old icon—the pop star who's cynical about celebrity.

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