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The Big One (1997)

Michael Moore might have thought he’d have a problem doing a follow-up to “Roger & Me,” his muckraking documentary that took General Motors CEO Roger Smith to task for closing a Buick plant and throwing thousands out of work. Since that soul-satisfying film in 1988, Moore has taken on a certain measure of celebrity and even solvency. But then along came downsizing in the ’90s. As corporations discovered they could increase profits by firing American workers who made them rich and farming out jobs to lower-priced workers in other countries, Moore’s new documentary, “The Big One,” became inevitable. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe