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101 minutes · 2015

Documentary
The latest effort from British director Michael Winterbottom (Everyday, The Trip) is a well-intentioned but poorly executed documentary on wealth inequality, in which irritating comedian-activist Russell Brand rants about capitalism in the streets of New York City and London. Brand argues that tax cuts for the wealthy and the deregulation of banks have allowed the rich to get richer and that the system is in desperate need of reform. “Everything you’re going to hear about in this film,” Brand says, “you already know.” That's true, and his points are articulated far better by former U.S. secretary of labor Robert Reich in Jacob Kornbluth’s 2013 documentary Inequality for All. 101 minutes. — Eric Lutz

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