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Obit (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Obit shines an entertaining -- and overdue -- spotlight on an engaging group of people whose singular craft is too often taken for granted.

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Every day, editorial obituary writers deposit the details of a handful of extraordinary lives into the cultural memory--each life's story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of these remarkable writers and their subjects, focusing on a small team at The New York Times who approach their work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?

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"Obit" manages to be both about a specific type of journalism and the larger world it reflects while dropping in all manner of colorful lives and circumstances.

June 23, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The real subject here is storytelling, the creation of a stylish, authoritative, highly personal record of "how the world got to be the way it is." One more thing to miss about newspapers when they go.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As someone who takes great pleasure in both reading and writing valedictions to the recently deceased, I can personally attest that the movie's dead on.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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It is fascinating to watch the writers in "Obit" strive to do right by their subjects, warts and all.

May 11, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

These folks are neither dour nor sappy; they are just talented journalists who want to do right by the people who left their mark on the world.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The people brought to life here, using a combination of the written obituary and news clips, are a varied and fascinating bunch.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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