Review / ‘RBG’ (PG) ****

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THIS acronymic title announces Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to become an associate justice in the US Supreme Court.

A dry subject for a movie? It depends on your point of view of the rights of the common man and woman.

In 1789, the framers of the US Constitution could never have imagined the court’s influence on daily life today in a country where the rule of law encompasses modern attitudes and procedures.

RBG, as she is affectionately known, is a physically diminutive legal powerhouse. The film examines several of the landmark cases on which she sat. She has championed the rights of minorities unable to speak for themselves. Her judgements come directly to the point of the cases before the court.

Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, “RBG” delivers a family portrait and professional CV of an unexpected pop culture icon, documenting her life and achievements with care, affection and forthright energy.

It’s entertaining at every step, often amusing, always respectful not merely for the judicial office she occupies. She is not a woman to mess about with.

At Palace Electric and Dendy

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Dougal Macdonald
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