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(Phillip Baribeau, U. S.). 105 min­utes. Rat­ing: NN See re­view at nowtoronto.com/hot­docs.

(Justin Simms, Wil­liam D. McGil­lvray. Canada). 84 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN NFB docs al­ways look ter­rific, but with a few ex­cep­tions – Pink Rib­bons, Inc., for ex­am­ple – they tend to be ter­ri­bly con­ven­tional in struc­ture and for­mat. Danny fits the mould.

The story’s great. Well- known lawyer Danny Wil­liams, a pro­tag­o­nist in the Mount Cashel abuse case, leaves his prac­tice to seek the lead­er­ship of New­found­land’s PC party. By stand­ing up to Ottawa – Prime Min­ster Harper in par­tic­u­lar – as pre­mier, he turns his loser, have-not prov­ince into a con­fi­dent, fi­nan­cially vi­able power.

Wil­liams is a charis­matic sub­ject, and so’s his even more riv­et­ing mother, but the film plods along chrono­log­i­cally and can’t find a way to build any ten­sion. SGC Apr 26, 10: 30 am, Is­abel Bader; May 3, 1:15 pm, Is­abel Bader

DANNY

Danny

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