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Miss Sharon Jones!

Studio: Starz Digital
Directed by Barbara Kopple

Aug 01, 2016 Web Exclusive
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In amongst the all-consuming obsession with youth, Sharon Jones is a much needed rejoinder proving talent and perseverance can still get you places. The star of acclaimed documentarian Barbara Kopple’s new film didn’t record her first record until 1996 when she was 40. She was too fat, too black, too old, and too short according to one executive. Now she’s at the head of the soul and funk revivalist movement, the lead in Grammy nominated Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.

Continually uplifting, especially given the circumstances, Miss Sharon Jones! follows the acclaimed singer as she battles pancreatic cancer in 2013 to triumphantly return to the stage. The documentary jumps in at the deep end and doesn’t quite provide enough background for the uninitiated, but it places Jones right at the center where she belongs. In the past she’s been described as the female James Brown. Kopple, particularly in the rousing final moments on stage, shows this to be inaccurate. Sharon Jones, unbowed, unbroken, and unquestionably the queen of her stage, is no one but herself.

Author rating: 7.5/10

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August 2nd 2016

Impressive voice of Sharon Jones. An artist like few

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January 13th 2017

Really amazing.