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This Revolution

Stephen Marshall, director of numerous left-wing shorts as part of the Guerrilla News Network, makes his feature debut with this novel remake of Haskell Wexler's counterculture classic Medium Cool (1969). The action has been updated from the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago to last summer's Republican National Convention in New York, and this time the disillusioned cameraman (Nathan Crooker), just returned from Iraq, is dispatched by his cable news network to round up some “edgy” footage of anarchist troublemakers. The story turns corny at the end, with an evil network exec patterned after Robert Duvall in Network and a stick-it-to-the-man climax that suggests an old Robert Redford movie, but for the most part this offers a provocative critique of the corporate media's conservative bias. 95 min.

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