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Miss Sharon Jones Review - AVClub

AVClub: The revivalist soul outfit Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings has spent the past decade and a half slowly gaining critical and commercial attention, to the point where they earned a Grammy nomination for their most recent studio album, 2014’s Give The People What They Want. Still, they’re a long way from being a household name, so one might expect that a documentary about Jones would be a generic biographical portrait, introducing her and her band to a wider audience by providing a detailed history of her personal journey. That’s not what two-time Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA; Wild Man Blues; Shut Up & Sing) has in mind, however. Miss Sharon Jones! touches the usual bases, but at a gallop, as Kopple is much more interested in chronicling Jones’ recent battle with stage-two pancreatic cancer, which sidelined her for over a year as she underwent extensive chemotherapy. While that may sound like a downer, the film itself is anything but, offering a genuinely uplifting testament to one woman’s resilience.

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