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secret police speak out (The Gatekeepers review)

The Gatekeepers green light

My review of The Gatekeepers — the Oscar-nominated documentary in which the six living former heads of Shin Bet, the ultrasecretive Israeli domestic security agency, talk about their antiterrorism work, and about the uncomfortable intersection between politics and intelligence — is up now over at Film4.com. It’s the first review I’ve supplied to them: give ’em some traffic so they’ll know they should hire me again.

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The Gatekeepers (2013)
US/Can release: Feb 1 2013
UK/Ire release: Apr 12 2013

MPAA: rated PG-13 for violent content including disturbing images
BBFC: rated 15 (contains images of real dead bodies)

viewed in 2D
viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

official site | IMDb
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes

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  • PJK

    Done and done.

  • RogerBW

    Sounds as though the film’s in i what I think of as the “classic” documentary style – the filmmaker expresses his feelings by making the film in the first place, not by cherrypicking quotes and editing to make people look bad. Hurrah!

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