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A Short Blast of Documentary Reviews

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Hmm, I wonder what the mean blood alcohol level is at Churchill Downs. | Photo courtesy of Jacdupree via Flickr

Below, you'll find some short reviews of three documentary films that will only be in theaters for a couple more days. They each tell very different stories in unique ways and all of them are worth your time and money. I've said it before (and I'll keep saying it until my nemesis, Per Degaton, finally manages to capture and neutralize me): if you go to the theater and buy a ticket for a documentary it is virtually certain that you will enjoy the experience. So many people shy away from seeing docs on the big screen, but when they ultimately try it out they are always glad they did. Okay, enough speechifying--onto the reviews!

Untold thousands of Angelenos will gather this weekend to get thoroughly soused and watch the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby. If you're looking for a perfect primer for the race, then head down to the Sunset 5 today or tomorrow and catch The First Saturday in May. Directed by brothers Brad and John Hennegan, the film follows 6 trainers from across the country as they pursue the dream of having their horse win the grandest prize in racing. The film tracks the 2006 race (ultimately won by the tragic colt, Barbaro) and plays equally well to both the veteran pony-watcher and the naif who just enjoys drinking a mint julep and wearing a fancy hat.