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Brooklyn Castle

BROOKLYN CASTLE The I.S. 318 chess team from Brooklyn practice on the train headed to the New York State Scholastic Chess Championships

BROOKLYN CASTLE The I.S. 318 chess team from Brooklyn practice on the train headed to the New York State Scholastic Chess Championships

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Brooklyn Castle

Genre: Documentary; Starring: Rochelle Ballantyne, Pobo Efekoro, Alexis Paredes, Justus Williams; Director: Katie Dellamaggiore; Runtime (in minutes): 102; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Producers Distribution Agency

A great subject goes a long way in this standard but effective entry in the amazing-kids documentary category. Here the starring young people are members of the chess team at I.S. 318, a Brooklyn junior high school where the majority of students live below the poverty line — and where the team has won more national championships than any other in the country. Nerds rule! Filmmaker Katie Dellamaggiore alternates between applauding the progress of five impressive players and bemoaning the budget cuts — a casualty of the economic recession — that cripple the school. If a private donor comes through with $$$, the movie will have done its job. B

Originally posted October 20 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT

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