THE “SO­CALLED” MOVIE

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(Garry Bei­tel, Canada). 90 min­utes. Rat­ing: Here’s a lit­tle love let­ter to a cool mu­si­can. Josh Dol­gin, aka So­called, has in­vented a fu­sion of rap, jazz, beats and klezmer, and it’s a gas, even if as a mu­si­cian Dol­gin isn’t that spec­tac­u­lar.

He is, how­ever, great at har­ness­ing tal­ent, such as rap­pers c- Rayz Walz and Chilly Gon­za­les, leg­endary trom­bon­ist Fred Wes­ley and renowned klezmer clar­inetist David Krakauer, who hit the stage, some­times all to­gether, for some spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance.

Ex­cept for a se­quence in which he bores us with an ex­ten­sive demon­stra­tion of sampling, So­called is an en­ter­tain­ing guy. A lit­tle ten­sion might have helped the film, though. (Boris Ber­tram, Den­mark). 57 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: In the Soviet era, the west Siberian city of Chelyabinsk was a fac­tory town for nu­clear weapons. To­day, it’s a ra­dioac­tive husk – one of the most con­tam­i­nated sites on the planet – but it’s also the home of the Chelyabinsk Con­tem­po­rary Dance Theatre. The com­pany’s re­hearsals for a new per­for­mance are cap­tured in Boris Ber­tram’s in­trigu­ing doc­u­men­tary, which serves as a tes­ta­ment to the idea that art

can flour­ish in al­most any land­scape.

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