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The Act of Killing

Not Rated In Theaters 07/19/2013 , 116min.
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January 19, 2014

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The most gut-wrenching 'making of' documentary ever made. Full Review
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
In Joshua Oppenheimer's extraordinary The Act of Killing, film becomes the medium for a bold historical reckoning--and in more ways than one. Full Review
Anthony Lane
The New Yorker
The project gave me pause. Although Oppenheimer has called it “a documentary of the imagination,” whatever that means, would a measure of investigation have spoiled it? We hear that Congo personally exterminated a thousand people. Does that figure stand up, and does it not matter more than his dawning remorse? There is no disputing that we are right at the heart of darkness, but around it is a larger body of evidence, which awaits another explorer. Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
The Act of Killing is a horrifying film, a surreal experience that explores the limits of human cruelty. It’s a film that is absolutely hard to watch. It’s also a film that absolutely should be seen. Full Review
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
[A] stunning “documentary of the imagination." Full Review

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