Film and TV

New on DVD: Exit Through the Gift Shop, The A-Team, Cyrus, The Town, Micmacs, The Other Guys

(Capsule reviews by Aaron Hillis, Brian Miller, Nick Pinkerton, Ella Taylor and Robert Wilonsky.)

Exit Through the Gift Shop Exit Through the Gift Shop is not just the definitive portrait of street-art counterculture, but also a hilarious expose on the gullibility of the masses who embrace manufactured creative personas. Though it's credited as a Banksy picture--as in the ever-elusive U.K. graffiti ninja--the film began with him as its on-camera subject. Banksy's talking head appears faceless under a dark hood to help explain how the role reversal occurred. The real "director" of most of the footage herein is Thierry Guetta, an eccentric French expat in Los Angeles who began videotaping his cousin--the mosaic artist Invader--on his night bombing missions. From there, Guetta earned the trust of DIY art notables Banksy, Swoon, and Shepard Fairey, who Guetta meets on camera at a Kinko's as Fairey's printing out enlarged copies of his notorious "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" designs.

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