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5 Must-See Movies This Weekend 

August 16, 2013
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Blackfish, Dir. by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Blackfish, a documentary about Tilikum, a killer whale that attacks its trainer, opens with the gripping 911 call that was placed after the incident at Sea World in Orlando in 2010. That sets the tone for this terrific film, which is showing at the Cedar Lee Theatre. The movie examines the world of training the huge creatures. The filmmakers take us back to Puget Sound in 1970 where Tilikum was initially captured. The whale is transported to British Columbia where trainers abuse it and keep it confined in a small dark pool at night. We learn that if anyone is to blame for the attacks, it’s Sea World. But Sea World repeatedly declined to be interviewed for the film, so we never hear its side of the story. Because the film so carefully documents its defense of the numerous lawsuits filed against it, the lack of a first-hand testimony from a Sea World rep doesn’t diminish the movie in any way. It’s a terrific documentary. (Jeff Niesel)

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