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Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

“MISS SHARON JONES!”   My rating: B 

93 minutes | No MPAA rating

Barbara Kopple made her reputation with hard-hitting, left-leaning documentaries like “Harlan County, U.S.A.” and “American Dream.”

But she also has a long history of music-themed films, including “Wild Man Blues” (Woody Allen’s Dixieland jazz band), “Shut Up & Sing” (the post-9/11 Dixie Chicks) and “Woodstock: Now & Then.”

“Miss Sharon Jones!” is about a musician, but it’s really not about music.  Rather, Kopple uses her cameras to record singer Sharon Jones’ battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jones, who was once told by a recording exec that she was  “too old, too fat, too short, and too black,” has recorded several albums, one of them Grammy-nominated.  But her career rests on her heavy tour schedule with the Dap-Kings, her nine-member interracial backup band.

For Sharon Jones in action is a sight to behold.  She swaggers, she sways, she gets funky, she dances, and she has a voice that absolutely shreds r&b and soul numbers. (more…)

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