Samantha Power

'The Final Year' review: Documentary about Obama administration misses the point

'The Final Year' review: Documentary about Obama administration misses the point

The 2016 presidential election was intense and, for some, borderline traumatic. But whoever your preferred candidate was, the election commanded attention. Arguments on social media were routine, with progressives' sense of disbelief slowly giving way to a dismay from which many have not recovered.

"The Final Year," a documentary by Greg Barker, invites viewers to relive this period, as the filmmaker follows the Obama administration over the course of his last full year in office, focusing primarily on foreign policy and the administration's stated desire to do good, within a limited timeline. The fly-on-the-wall film is fascinating at times, but less than...

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