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Take Me to the River

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER Snoop Dogg

Take Me to the River

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
95 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/12/14
performer:
Snoop Dogg, Terrence Howard, Mavis Staples
director:
Martin Shore
distributor:
Abramorama
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a C

Stax Records — the recording home to Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, and Isaac Hayes — is an American institution, and River attempts to bridge the gap between the legends of yesteryear and their spiritual protégés by documenting the creation of a new compilation album in Memphis. Seeing octogenarian blues crooner Bobby ”Blue” Bland jawing with 8-year-old rapper Lil P-Nut makes for fascinatingly odd footage, but River never quite distills Stax’s game-changing singularity. Rookie director Martin Shore’s celebration of great music is an oddly alienating, context-lite backslapping session. C