Burning the Future: Coal in America Reviews

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
February 27, 2008
[David] Novack's...inability to tell a compelling story makes it difficult for us to summon outrage.
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
March 3, 2008
Even considering its failings on a creative level, Burning the Future remains a film certainly worth seeing.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
March 2, 2008
Makes its eloquent case with both compassion and collective rage, allowing the people of West Virginia to speak for themselves as they emerge natural born leaders against a looming threat to their very survival.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
February 29, 2008
Pic deeply entrenches itself in the landscape, conveying both the beauty and the ravagement of the Appalachians.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
February 29, 2008
David Novack's documentary Burning the Future: Coal in America is as upsetting as it is informative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 25, 2008
The title is enough to tell you that Novack on the side of a West Virginia community being decimated by mountaintop mining, but it's also the right side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 29, 2008
Powerful documentary about the struggle of West Virginians against strip-mining practices that has made their water undrinkable and threatened their health all in the name of "progress".
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 10, 2008
[Director] Novack has a dual focus: the U.S. consumption of coal, which accounts for just more than half the nation's energy, and 'mountaintop removal,' whereby companies, instead of actually mining, do a man-made Mount St. Helens.
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