The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The three subjects' personal stories don't really add up to a coherent critique of drone warfare, but their various experiences allow Kennebeck to attack the subject from multiple angles.
"National Bird" is powerful cinematic journalism.
Kennebeck may be a newcomer to feature filmmaking, but her grasp of the material is accomplished.
National Bird shows that war will always be hell, even for those who aren't on the battleground.
[An] elegantly unsettling documentary about the United States' reliance on aerial combat drones.
National Bird hardly offers any counterpoint to the arguments presented... But it does reveal a program whose international reach and seemingly limitless surveillance powers are extraordinarily difficult to keep in check
A chilling, disturbing look into the realities of America's secret drone war in the Middle East.
It is a thoughtful, sensitive and probing look at the ethics of drone warfare, carefully balancing its focus on those who press the buttons with the very real horrors faced by those on the receiving end, particularly innocent civilians.
In punchy journalistic fashion and through elegant, combustible aerial imagery, Kennebeck captures a range of collateral damage in other countries and back home.
A profile of three whistleblowers who are very critical of America's secret drone program.
Kennebeck manages to present a well-paced and structured documentary that's also culturally significant.
By far the most effective treatment in either documentary or narrative film of the war crimes that will be linked with Barack Obama for decades to come.
It is more interesting due to what it wants to say than how it does it, since it feels a bit repetitive after a while and relies mostly on talking heads to address a limiting subject in which there is too much that is confidential and not possible to be publicly disclosed.
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