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Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by Side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, and many more. -- (C) Tribeca

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"The documentary would have been that much better with a more explicit focus on why the average filmgoer should care."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see "Side by Side.""
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"...could have used more movie-specific discussions of the aesthetic implications of celluloid versus digital."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Essential viewing for understanding different sides of one of the most vital current debates in cinema."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"This is route-one stuff.No serious film enthusiast will, however, want to miss Side by Side."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Keanu Reeves is a game frontman of this fact-filled, slightly chaotic doc about the rise of digital technology in film."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Actors such as Robert Downey Jr. complain that because digital cameras can be reloaded in seconds, there is no time for performers to hang out in their trailers between takes (in protest, he urinated in jars, which he hid all over the sets of Zodiac)."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Side By Side is a riveting, under-the-hood distillation of 100 years of Hollywood experimentation, innovation and expensive bravery."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"At once a celebration of new technology and a lamentation of a passing one, Side by Side is oddly depressing to watch."
‑ Miles Fielder, The List
"Maybe this geekily precise, Keanu Reeves-fronted documentary fretting over the death of celluloid needs to give digital its due."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A trim, informative 99-minute primer on celluloid film, which to many viewers has a warmth and feel as soothing as buttered popcorn, and the brave new world of digital cinema."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"There is great flux in this world, as Side by Side so entertainingly demonstrates, and where it's all headed is both discomforting and exhilarating. Stay tuned."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Keanu Reeves proves a surprisingly engaging host for this documentary inquiry into the ongoing transition from celluloid to digital filmmaking."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"It asks questions about culture and technology, the creation of a new sensibility, and whether we're looking at the debasement of values or a new democracy coming to the arts."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It's sweet and sparkling, as glassfuls of thought are provided by James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh and other champagne cinematic cerebra."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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