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RBg (Julie Co­hen, Betsy West) is a re­spect­ful ac­count­ing of the life and ca­reer of Ruth Bader Gins­burg – the sec­ond woman ap­pointed to the United States Supreme Court, and a life­long crusader for equal rights and a world with­out gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion. In­ter­view­ing the oc­to­ge­nar­ian judge as well as friends, col­leagues and fam­ily mem­bers, direc­tors Julie Co­hen and Betsy West stick to a chrono­log­i­cal ap­proach and never push any­one too hard. I would have liked a deeper ex­plo­ration of their sub­ject’s fas­ci­nat­ing con­tra­dic­tions – Gins­burg’s own chil­dren de­scribe her as “timid,” and yet she was pas­sion­ately ar­gu­ing cases in front of the Supremes decades be­fore she joined the band – but RBG is a solid look at a bril­liant woman who’s helped change her na­tion for the better. Co­hen and West spend a nice amount of time on their sub­ject’s re­la­tion­ship with her hus­band, Martin, who died in 2010, and on her love of opera, which again points to an in­trigu­ing dis­con­nect be­tween her staid pub­lic self and a more open-hearted per­sonal life that isn’t fully in­ter­ro­gated. They’re more in­ter­ested in an­other mis­match in Gins­burg’s life – her friend­ship with arch-con­ser­va­tive bench­mate Antonin Scalia, which is fil­tered through the same isn’t-this-wacky lens as the footage of Gins­burg work­ing out at the gym. 97 min. NNN (Nor­man Wilner)

RBG is a re­spect­ful ac­count of the life and ca­reer of Ruth Bader Gins­burg.

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