Mountaintop Removal

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South Wings is having a benefit screening of Mountaintop Removal at the Fine Arts Theatre Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Genre: Documentary
Director: Michael Cusack O’Connell
Rated: NR

Michael Cusack O’Connell’s documentary with the self-explanatory title Mountaintop Removal (2007) is a slickly produced affair on an important topic that admirably covers the issue of this form of coal mining from both sides (with a decided slant toward the anti-mining standpoint). The problem is that it’s difficult to say that the film really brings anything new to the table. It’s pretty much of a piece with anything else you may have seen on the topic. That said, the topic itself hasn’t just gone away and still deserves attention. Moreover, O’Connell’s film provides an eye-opening look for anyone still unfamiliar with mountaintop removal—and that probably accounts for a surprising number of people.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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