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Portrait of turbulent punk star

The Baltimore Sun

Julien Temple's tumultuous and moving Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, views theClash as the Beatles or the Rolling Stones of punk - and Strummer, their front man, songwriter and spiritual leader, as a Nowhere Man who turned himself into an Everyman fromEverywhere.

This Roman candle of a documentary sets off a raw yet gorgeous spattering of images and impressions. It uses not just Strummer's turbulent and celebratory music, but all that he left behind, including sketches, paintings, audio interviews and comic strips, to present a frank, unblinkered portrait of a bloke on the artistic make.

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (IFC First Take) A documentary by Julien Temple. Unrated. Time 124 minutes.

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