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Documentary goes deep inside Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

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Room 237

Blu-ray $29.98 / DVD $27.98 (IFC Films)

If you thought the movie The Shining was just a scary story about a haunted hotel, well, you’re obviously not one of the people interviewed in this fascinating documentary, which rounds up several passionate super-fan theorists with their interpretations about the hidden meanings in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. Is the movie interwoven with clues about American expansionism, the horrors of the Holocaust or a faked moon landing? Or is it just a big, rambling cinematic maze that can’t ever be fully explored? Named for the location in the hotel where much of the movie’s weirdness takes place, Room 237 is a mesmerizing dive into a crazy kaleidoscope of possibilities.

 —Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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