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  • Summary: Wind power… It’s green... It’s good... It reduces our dependency on foreign oil. But does it? Or, is it merely a highly profitable financial scam for the many wind energy developers looking to erect industrial wind turbines in a town near you? Laura Israel’s documentary, Windfall, looks atWind power… It’s green... It’s good... It reduces our dependency on foreign oil. But does it? Or, is it merely a highly profitable financial scam for the many wind energy developers looking to erect industrial wind turbines in a town near you? Laura Israel’s documentary, Windfall, looks at both sides of wind energy development when the residents of a rural upstate New York town consider going green. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Feb 6, 2012
    90
    Urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Feb 6, 2012
    80
    Ms. Israel's movie proves, once again, that the best nonfiction cinema possesses the same attributes as good fiction: Strong characters, conflict, story arc, visual style.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 6, 2012
    80
    It's a tantalizing case study that suggests ordinary people still have the power to steer a course between faceless bureaucracies and greedy capitalists, but only just - and only if they can find a way to overcome their differences and work together.
  4. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Feb 6, 2012
    63
    Whatever the legitimate arguments Windfall makes against the industry it targets, Meredith's feuding becomes just as inaccessible as the windmills that incite it.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 6, 2012
    58
    Windfall is undeniably persuasive - and is likely advocating on the right side of the wind-farm issue - but the movie's case relies more on emotional appeals and frightening images of giant machines than on real, objective number-crunching.
  6. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 6, 2012
    50
    The argument is so tilted against windmills (sorry) that this comes perilously close to an advocacy video. But Israel deserves credit for delivering the bad news that wind power, like natural gas and nuclear, comes with its own array of social and environmental headaches.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 6, 2012
    40
    Given the film's inability to posit any significant objections - or, for that matter, alternatives - to the turbines, it all feels like so much petty sniping against progress.

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