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'City of Gold' review: Amiable documentary on LA food writer Jonathan Gold

'City of Gold' review: Amiable documentary on LA food writer Jonathan Gold

An amiable documentary about an extraordinarily well-liked critic, director Laura Gabbert's "City of Gold" follows its subject, Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times, as he drives his Dodge pickup from Oaxacan restaurant to Ethiopian joint to his favorite Southern Thai place (Jitlada, on Sunset) looking for his next great, cheap, aromatic meal.

The film will mean one thing, or set of things, to those living within a few miles of his recommendations and another thing to those who haven't been following Gold's writing since Ronald Reagan was in office. The selling points here, as with any food documentaries, are the many close-ups of glorious-looking food bubbling on a...

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