New York Doll
is one of the most poignant documentaries you'll see all year. It profiles New York Dolls bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane, a quiet, stoic man who used to dab on tons of mascara before showtime. The proto-punk band imploded in the mid-'70s hard-drug use eventually led to three members' deaths and Kane, suffering from depression and upset by singer David Johansen's post-breakup success, nearly killed himself and his wife. Eventually he converted to Mormonism and found peace. The film, a chronicle of his path to a 2004 show with the two surviving Dolls, is highlighted by the band's performance and Kane's touching reunion with Johansen. But you'll be most moved by the postscript: Kane died of leukemia three weeks after the concert.
Fri., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 4, 10:05 p.m.