Scott Marks 4:30 p.m., Dec. 5
A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for A Living Planet
An all-star history of the environmental movement. Narration by Robert Redford and Meryl Streep! The Sierra Club! Love Canal! Earth Day! Greenpeace! Amazon Deforestation! Global Warming! Don't ask for a coherent point, except maybe that different people have cared about the environment in different ways and for different reasons at different times. And don't look too hard for a thoughtful outreach to the unconverted or the curious. For every activist who argues, "If you breathe air, and you care about what's in the air you breathe, you're an environmentalist," there's another who sounds like he'd just as soon remove humanity from the equation. The real trouble, however, is that the film amounts to a celebration of environmentalist victories, right up until the "Problem from Hell" that is climate change. At that point, the fierce green fire starts to flicker and fade. 2013.
— Matthew Lickona