Amy (2015)
First screened in June 2015
Director: Asif Kapadia. Documentary about the life, career, and death of British jazz-pop singer Amy Winehouse. Interview subjects include Nick Shymansky, Juliette Ashby, Lauren Gilbert, Tyler James, Salaam Remi, Mitch Winehouse, Blake Fielder-Civil, Yasiin Bey, Raye Cosbert, Andrew Morris.

Twitter Capsule: Potent, fond, but opaque; nothing it does can rival or unpack sheer power of the voice. Dicey slo-mo. Not yet sold on Kapadia.

VOR:   Kapadia gets a lot of credit for refusing talking-head crutches, but is it better to hear Amy talk over aerial views of London? Valuable archive but still a bit prurient.

Photo © 2015 A24/Universal Music/Krishwerkz Productions/
Playmaker Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Documentary Feature

Other Awards:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Documentary Feature
National Society of Film Critics: Best Documentary Feature
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Documentary Feature
National Board of Review: Best Documentary Feature

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