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ZIPPER: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Filmmaker Amy Nicholson portrays the struggle for the future of New York's famed Coney Island from the perspective of an outspoken ride operator as an ambitious real-estate tycoon attempts to exploit the commercial potential of the beloved amusement park, despite the very vocal objections of his many opponents. Eddie Miranda operates the Zipper -- one of the most popular rides on Coney Island. But when Eddie and a number of other small-business owners are forced out of Coney Island by a

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

The story isn't over by the time "Zipper" ends, but Nicholson manages to close on a nostalgic, if not quite hopeful, note.

August 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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More effective as a loving send-off than an insightful look at the so-called "tides of progress" that have led to Coney Island's slow decline.

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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"Zipper'' tells a story of a Coney Island that is still very much a work in progress, and where there seems to be no room for small-time operators like Eddie Miranda.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Though not terribly nuanced, a bit muddled and lacking certain perspectives, "Zipper" drives home the fragile identity of even the city's signature locales and the alarming cultural myopia of much redevelopment ...

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Combining footage of embattled town meetings and raucous boardwalk scenes with evenhanded interviews and visualized statistics, Zipper is a compelling argument for a populist Coney Island whose days are, alas, numbered.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Entertaining and engrossing...

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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A gentle, informative elegy for Coney Island which will never be the same again.

August 10, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Zipper reminds us that we must fight, but remain strong, refusing to fear the reaper.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Amy Nicholson's documentary feels warm and fuzzy about its subject, but at the same time depersonalized.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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