John Powers on the new documentary Room 237 about obsessive fans of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining:
[F]anatics are the subject of Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, a very enjoyable documentary about five Kubrickeans obsessed with wildly different hidden meanings of his 1980 film, The Shining. Where you may think it’s merely a horror story — remember that blood flooding out of the elevator? — these devotees argue that Kubrick’s movie is really about more than a writer going homicidally bonkers. For one, it’s about the genocide against Native Americans; for another, it’s about the Holocaust; yet another says the film is Kubrick’s admission that he helped fake footage of the Apollo 11 moon-landing.