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New on DVD: ‘A Place at the Table’

Posted 12:00am on Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013

DVD A Place at the Table: America’s twin ills, the swollen ranks of hungry people in the country and the national “obesity epidemic,” are explained, in blunt and poignant terms, in this documentary about “food politics.” Filmmakers Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson show us the faces of hunger — 50 million Americans, by the latest estimates. They talk to plenty of experts. There are celebrity witnesses — actor Jeff Bridges has been involved in this issue since the 1980s, and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio has become an anti-hunger activist. And they visit the hungry themselves.We learn about “food deserts,” those corners of rural and urban America with no accessible supermarket that carries fresh fruits and vegetables. And there are villains, including an outdated farm subsidy program that lobbyists have engineered to serve only giant agri-businesses. It’s a beautifully shot and reasonably balanced film, but one that struggles to find a hopeful note on which to end. On DVD and Blu-ray.

— Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Also new: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone; The Call; No; Upside Down; Pusher

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