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Movie Review

‘Blackfish’: The real tale of killer whales in captivity

It sounds like a summer blockbuster adapted from the pages of a Peter Benchley novel: A crazed serial killer whale is stalking theme park performers, trainers, and even one hapless after-hours visitor. Cue the John Williams soundtrack, with its ostinato of ominous bass notes.

But “Blackfish” is no trumped-up horror story fueled by Hollywood brand names and special effects. In this documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, all the creatures are real, and all seem entitled to a serious chip on their shoulders.

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