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Opening Spotlight – July 28, 2016

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EAT THAT QUESTION – Following closely on the heels of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s fascinating and comprehensive documentary on the life of filmmaker Brian De Palma, comes Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words from director Thorsten Schütte, a television-focused writer and director known for I Was the King of Porn…The Adventurous Life of Lasse Braun. Unfortunately, Eat That Question doesn’t have immediate access to its brilliantly eccentric subject, but Schütte makes the most of a treasure trove of archival footage capturing Zappa seemingly at each step along his surreal journey, offering honest commentary on his uncompromising battles with an industry not built for true creative originals. Zappa proves to be at his best in the role of the critic, taking pot shots in both song and interviews at society’s submissiveness to a cancerous commercial affliction. (Opens Friday) – tts (R) CityBeat grade: A-

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