Bruno; Soul Power

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Well, here's the bad news: Brüno is no Borat. Here's the worse news: Brüno crosses the line, like a besotted sprinter, from hilariously awful to genuinely awful...

Period pieces can be marvelous or musty, depending on the period, as well as the piece. Soul Power is marvelous, and no wonder -- among the performers in this concert film are James Brown, B.B> King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba and Celia Cruz, all at the peak of their powers...

Banner image: Antidote Films/Sony Picture Classics


Joe Morgenstern