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Described by film critic Daniel Barnes as “a simple picture of a troubled girl who got too famous too fast,” Asif Kapadia’s 2015 documentary Amy built a compelling yet tragic portrait of Amy Winehouse through archival footage (from paparazzi clips to home movies), more than 100 interviews and the late British icon’s own words and lyrics. As it doesn’t sugarcoat her rawly publicized struggle with drug addiction and untimely demise, Amy was met with considerable criticism from Mitchell Winehouse — a stage father who called the film negative, spiteful, one-dimensional, miserable and misleading. In a particularly loaded anecdote that hauntingly parallels her most famous song, Amy’s first manager Nick Shymansky describes an attempt to get the rising star into a treatment center that was rejected by Mitchell — who reportedly said his daughter “didn’t need to go to rehab at that time.” The McNay revisits the BAFTA and Oscar winner as part of its excellent Get Reel Film Series. Free, 7pm Thu, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. — Bryan Rindfuss



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