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'Dinosaur 13' brings T-Rex case alive

'Dinosaur 13' brings T-Rex case alive

Dinosaur 13

Available on VOD Aug. 15

An almost-forgotten tidbit of recent history becomes an absorbing legal drama in Todd Miller's documentary that tells the story of Sue, a T-Rex skeleton found in South Dakota in 1990 by a private paleontological institute, then seized by the federal government because it was discovered on Indian lands. Miller craftily assembles the details of what became a complicated, somewhat vindictive court case against Sue's discoverers, and while he doesn't turn all these archival clips and talking-head interviews into something deeply meaningful, the footage of the dig is so astonishing and the...