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Hal (2018)

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Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 1970s-HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE LAST DETAIL, SHAMPOO, COMING HOME, BEING THERE-he is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. Amy Scott's exuberant portrait explores that curious oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings to reveal a passionate, obsessive artist. Ashby was a Hollywood director who constantly clashed with Hollywood, but also a unique soul with an unprecedented insight into the human condition and an unmatched capacity for good. His films were an elusive blend of honesty, irreverence, humor, and humanity. Through the heartrending and inspiring HAL, you feel buoyed by Ashby's love of people and of cinema, a little like walking on water.

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"Hal" deals with each of the director's films in a smart, engaging manner.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It must have been daunting to make a film about a master editor and filmmaker, but Scott has clearly learned from her careful attention to Ashby's films.

September 7, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a consistently engaging trip.

September 6, 2018 | Full Review…

What comes through in "Hal" is that the kind of movies Ashby excelled at making were a challenge to get made even then, and face more formidable hurdles -- ... character-driven films have taken a back seat to the pursuit of global hits.

September 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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If there's still the sense that Ashby isn't as sanctified as American New Wave stalwarts Coppola or Scorsese, Amy Scott's breezy tribute of a documentary is out to correct that oversight.

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…
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Though clearly aimed at fans, it presents only a chummy overview of his life and career, too superficial to work as a biography, an in-depth appreciation, or even a primer.

September 4, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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