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(Alex Win­ter, USA). 107 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN Alex Win­ter – adored by mil­lions for play­ing Bill in Bill & Ted’s Ex­cel­lent Ad­ven­ture – in­ves­ti­gates the rise (and fall) of Nap­ster and the end of business as usual for the record in­dus­try in a smart, densely packed talk­ing-heads doc.

Win­ter talks to vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one who was in­volved in Nap­ster, in­clud­ing ge­nius pro­gram­mer Shawn Fan­ning and end­lessly self- rein­vent­ing money guy Sean Parker, and what feels like the en­tire mu­sic in­dus­try. ( The doc was pro­duced by VH-1, which pre­sum­ably had lit­tle trou­ble get­ting ac­cess to mu­si­cians and pro­duc­ers.)

And he presents the in­for­ma­tion as an en­ter­tain­ing nar­ra­tive, us­ing archival news clips for both con­text ( Lars Ul­rich) and sheer hu­mour value (Ul­rich again). After a decade of books, mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles and other docs about the rise of peer-to-peer shar­ing, this feels like the de­fin­i­tive work. NW Apr 27, 9 pm, Is­abel Bader The­atre; Apr 28, 3: 30 pm, Sco­tia­bank The­atre 3; May 3, 9: 30 pm, Fox The­atre.

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