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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
⋆⋆ out of four stars
Unrated but appropriate for all.
Theater: Lagoon.

Drawing its title from a 1985 Dire Straits hit, Jim Bruce’s documentary aims for rock ’n’ roll sexiness of a sort: jokey graphics, clips from cartoons and movies, that sort of thing. Which is an understandable, if distracting, response to the movie’s decidedly nonvisual subject: Central banking systems are nearly as opaque, and hard to understand, as they are important.

The best thing about “Money for Nothing” is the many talking heads trying to explain what monetary policy is and what the Fed does: controlling the supply of money and, with any luck, guiding the economy. These bankers, economists, and Wall Street types may not always agree, but they are almost always crisply opinionated and informative. “Money for Nothing” accepts the Fed as a necessary evil. It just wishes the evil were a lot less.
MARK FEENEY, Boston Globe

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