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  • Summary: A film about greed, politics, land use and public policy, Zipper tells the story behind the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly runs a 38-year-old carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusementA film about greed, politics, land use and public policy, Zipper tells the story behind the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly runs a 38-year-old carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district. When his rented lot is snatched up by an opportunistic real estate mogul, Eddie and his ride become casualties of a power struggle between the developer and the City of New York. Be it an affront to history or just the path of progress, the spirit of Coney Island is at stake. In a market-driven world where growth often trumps preservation, the Zipper may be only the beginning of what is lost. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 8, 2013
    100
    Zipper captures the erasing of one of New York’s most unique stamps by cartoon businesspeople with dollar signs for eyeballs.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Aug 7, 2013
    83
    The focus is spread too thinly on the various colorful local voices, all of whom openly campaign against Recchia’s intentions with zest and flavor.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Aug 8, 2013
    80
    The director’s double vision establishes a level of equality on film that in some ways defies the disparity in power between the two opposing forces.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 9, 2013
    75
    The Zipper is a carnival ride, a tumbling cage whose screaming customers are spun around like a Ferris wheel.
  5. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Aug 29, 2013
    70
    Documentarian Amy Nicholson puts a human face on the deterioration of the iconic New York amusement park by focusing on the fate of her favorite ride.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 10, 2013
    60
    [Nicholson's] clear affection for the sights and personalities that make Coney Island what it is gets in the way of a hard-hitting investigation of why it hasn't maintained its luster.
  7. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Aug 6, 2013
    50
    Amy Nicholson's documentary feels warm and fuzzy about its subject, but at the same time depersonalized.

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