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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City offers a compelling overview of an influential activist's importance -- and underscores why the spirit of her work remains crucial today.

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Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director Matt Tyranuer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) vividly brings to life Jacobs' 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood.

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Like his previous film, Valentino: The Last Emperor, about the famous fashion designer, director Matt Tyrnauer takes on a fascinating subject yet mostly consolidates existing information without adding much to our knowledge base.

June 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A timely warning against big-block buildings with empty ground-floor shop units, nonetheless.

June 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Tyrnauer uses a ton of archival footage to tell his story, and brings it in at a brisk 92 minutes.

June 2, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

She was also one tough cookie who appreciated a good fight. A bit more internal tussle would have both better honored her spirit and made for a better documentary.

June 1, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Most good documentaries are powered by conflict, and you couldn't ask for a struggle more elemental or relevant to our time than the one chronicled in Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.

May 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A celebration of grassroots activism and a cry for community, this should appeal to those interested in the history and politics of urbanisation as well as architecture nerds.

May 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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