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New releases: Documentary reveals talent and problems of ill-fated star Amy Winehouse

New releases: Documentary reveals talent and problems of ill-fated star Amy Winehouse

Amy

Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99

It's been a great decade for music documentaries, and director Asif Kapadia's is one of the best of the bunch: an at times disturbingly intimate look at the life and death of pop-soul diva Amy Winehouse. Taking advantage of modern culture's tendency to document everything — and the tabloids' habit of hounding celebrities — Kapadia is able to string together footage from Winehouse's working-class girlhood to her descent into drug addiction and squalor. What emerges is a portrait of an uncommon talent with crippling emotional problems whose rise to stardom was the start of her downfall. The music in "Amy" is wonderful;...

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