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AFI Dallas: Thursday Picks


by Stephen Becker 2 Apr 2009

Have you got one more day of moviegoing in ya? If so, there’s a pretty solid lineup of films today. Among them are: Tyson – Has there been a tougher nut to crack in sports than Mike Tyson? When he was on, he dominated like no other. But when he was off, he could get […]

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Have you got one more day of moviegoing in ya? If so, there’s a pretty solid lineup of films today. Among them are:

tyson-2001Tyson – Has there been a tougher nut to crack in sports than Mike Tyson? When he was on, he dominated like no other. But when he was off, he could get beat by tomato cans. In this doc, Tyson discusses his enigmatic life. At times, you’ll wish for a voice besides Tyson’s to offer another point of view. But the film is worthwhile if for no other reason than to revisit some of the punishments that the former heavyweight champ dropped on his opponents. It really is a miracle that one of his uppercuts didn’t actually knock someone’s head clean off. Director James Toback will be in the house. 7:15 p.m., NorthPark

Hunger – British artist Steve McQueen makes his directorial debut with this film about Irish Republican Army leader Bobby Sands’ 1981 hunger strike while in prison. The New York Times talked with McQueen about the film in a good read here. 7:15, Magnolia

Tattooed Under Fire – Texas-made documentary focuses on the military culture of getting tattoos before heading off to war. You can listen to Jerome Week’s radio piece about the film here. Jerome will conduct a post-screening Q&A with some of the soldiers featured in the film. 4:30 p.m., Magnolia

The Cove – Doc follows Richard O’Barry, the creator of the Flipper television series who later went on to become a major dolphin activist. Director Louis Psihoyos will attend and field questions after the show. 7 p.m., NorthPark

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