Sacha Gervasi’s wily documentary on an obscure Canadian metal band, still sticking together and struggling for acceptance twenty years past their stumpy peak. It would no doubt have brought to mind Rob Reiner’s rock mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap, even had the drummer in Anvil not been named Robb Reiner, and even had the band not paid a reverential visit to Stonehenge. Though the laughs here may be fewer and smaller, the poignance is unmatched: “Family’s important shit, man,” gushes the lead singer, “Lips” Kudlow, when his big sister ponies up the financing for a new album. (2009) — Duncan Shepherd
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