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Mavis! (2016)

Mavis! (2016)

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This documentary provides an in-depth look at the life of legendary soul singer Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers. Mavis was a trailblazer who developed a unique gospel sound and was actively involved in the civil rights movement. The film utilizes live performances, interviews with collaborators and archival footage to cover the span of her 60 year career. Directed by Jessica Edwards. (The Landfill).

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

Mavis is by all definitions a rock star, but this is not a regular rock star documentary.

February 29, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
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Even as she recalls career setbacks and personal disappointments, Staples displays rock-solid faith, unwavering confidence, and bubbly optimism.

February 16, 2016 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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An old-fashioned approach to the Staples story.

February 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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"Mavis!" is maybe too short and too plain, but it covers a lot of ground and contains a lot of great music. It's a fitting tribute to a true American original, belatedly getting her due.

February 11, 2016 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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The movie doesn't linger on the string of bad luck that derailed the younger Staples's promising solo-career opportunities, because she doesn't - she's too busy warming up for the next show.

November 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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Whether in church or on the concert stage, Staples remains indomitable, as scenes of her recent performances demonstrate.

November 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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A wonderful look at a very charming lady who was at the forefront of the civil rights movement throughout the 60s with her family. It is inspiring to see her still performing to this day and remaining an influence on those that have come after her.

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