The notion of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the diminutive and soft-spoken Supreme Court justice, as a judicial "rock star" — at least in the eyes of progressives who love her sharply worded dissents to opinions rendered by the increasingly conservative court — may seem a strange one. But the lively and thorough profile painted of her by the documentary RBG, in which she is described in just those terms, makes a persuasive argument for that characterization.
Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West mark the 25th anniversary of Ginsburg’s high court confirmation hearing by including excerpts from that 1993 Senate grilling. Now 85, Ginsburg says she has no immediate plans to retire. And is she able? What about the infamous footage of her seeming to drift off during the 2015 State of the Union address?
Cue the shots of Ginsburg doing pushups.
Madame Justice, of course, would probably politely but firmly dispute that she is, in any way, an icon of cool, as she does while watching — on camera, for the first time — Kate McKinnon’s impersonation of her on SNL. Giggling adorably at the actor’s Weekend Update impression as the trash-talking "Notorious RBG," Ginsburg admits to the skit being very funny, even as she takes pains to point out that she is, in real life, absolutely nothing like that.
"I tend to be rather sober," she says, with characteristic understatement.
The buzzed-about documentary (97 minutes, PG) opens Friday at Tampa Theatre. On opening night, doors will open at 6 p.m. with happy hour drink specials until 6:45. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $11, $9 children 12 and younger. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.
The movie expands May 18 to Veterans 24 in Tampa, Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar and Burns Court Cinema in Sarasota.
Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post
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May 25: Solo: A Star Wars Story; How to Talk to Girls at Parties
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June 8: Ocean’s 8; Hereditary
June 15: The Incredibles 2; Tag; Superfly
June 22: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
June 29: Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Uncle Drew, The Hustle, Leave No Trace, Valley Girl, Three Identical Strangers