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Review: 'This Time' An Unfocused, Incomplete Tale About Forgotten R&B Stars The Sweet Inspirations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 5:59 PM
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While the ambition of the indie documentary "This Time" is perhaps admirable, the trouble with the picture is evident from the synopsis of the film. While the sizzle being sold to audiences is that it chronicles the return of The Sweet Inspirations, the backing singers who worked with Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and more, it's actually three stories, with the struggles of a thirty-something cabaret singer Bobby Belfry, and a forgotten disco-era singer Pat Hodges (of Hodges, James & Smith) also tossed into the mix. The result is a film that's fractured and jarring, trying to tie the tales of these three acts into some kind of over-reaching arc about the machinations of the industry, which the most interesting story is hiding in plain sight.

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