Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 20, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Brooklyn Castle

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
102 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/19/12
performer
Rochelle Ballantyne, Pobo Efekoro, Alexis Paredes, Justus Williams
director
Katie Dellamaggiore
distributor
Producers Distribution Agency
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B

A great subject goes a long way in this standard but effective entry in the amazing-kids documentary category. Here the starring young people are members of the chess team at I.S. 318, a Brooklyn junior high school where the majority of students live below the poverty line — and where the team has won more national championships than any other in the country. Nerds rule! Filmmaker Katie Dellamaggiore alternates between applauding the progress of five impressive players and bemoaning the budget cuts — a casualty of the economic recession — that cripple the school. If a private donor comes through with $$$, the movie will have done its job. B

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