October 5, 2012
***1/2 (out of four)
Perhaps you won¿t buy every theory in "Room 237," a documentary collecting several extensive analyses of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," a movie no one¿s ever called simple or easy to begin with. In Rodney Ascher's fascinating doc, viewpoints range from thorough points about Kubrick's examination of genocide (including the Holocaust and the killing of American Indians) and people¿s tendency to dismiss the past when it's convenient, to arguably more out-there theories such as "The Shining" verifying that Kubrick helped fake footage of the Apollo moon landing and that a picture of a skier actually depicts a minotaur. "Room 237" may not survey perspectives on the film outside of the participating non-professional critics, but the collection of footage and testimony should be instructive to anyone looking to dig beneath the surface of a film. It's this kind of thinking, and the conversations that result afterward, that make movie-going--and repeated viewings of films that deserve it--such an enthralling cultural and social experience.
See it: 9:45 p.m. Oct. 19, 1 p.m. Oct. 20 ($11-$14)