With bated breath, I have waited for Aaron Russo’s movie to come back to Dallas. The Angelika screened America: Freedom to Fascism several months ago. I was unable to obtain a ticket but have been watching the Angelika site. A quick phone call provided information that the film had been pulled by its distributor. There are no Dallas dates shown on the movie site, so I am wondering what happened. Do any of you guys know? In the meantime, I will breathe- blue is not a good color for me.posted across the Web. The movie was scheduled to open this weekend, again at the Dallas Angelika, but I could not view showtimes on the
Update by Stephen VanDyke: Politics and tech journalist Declan McCullagh has had his review up for a little while now. He’s far more gracious than the Onion AV Club, but still hints the direction of the film veers well into conspiracy territory and could use some better editing:
The problem, though, is that “America” never manages to do what a compelling documentary must accomplish: state a thesis and adequately defend it. More than half the movie is spent lauding the tax protest movement, including Russo’s sometimes-entertaining efforts to get the IRS to answer his questions–but then the focus abruptly shifts to RFID, NSA surveillance, national ID, President George H.W. Bush’s “new world order” speech and so on. Plus, the movie’s length is too much; Russo badly needs an editor.
Over at Third Party Watch, Cassidy tells us that even with such a limited opening, it’s playing to decent sized crowds but getting overwhelming bad reviews (11/14 reviews are splats ).