(3 STARS) NEW YORK DOLL (PG-13). The meteoric rise,

resounding fall and latter-day resurrection of the seminal New York

glam-rock-punk band the New York Dolls is told via the story of Arthur "Killer"

Kane - the band's bassist, leader and a born-again Mormon. Director Greg

Whiteley tells the story of the band, how its theatrical-but-beat-heavy style

influenced such successors as The Clash and how Kane - who had bottomed-out on

drugs and alcohol following the band's heyday in the stimulant-rich environment

of early '70s Manhattan - found salvation through the Mormon church. Kane is

the center of the film, but the climax is a London reunion of the surviving

bandmates organized by rocker Morrissey and including fellow Doll David

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Johannsen - with whom Kane had a serious falling out years before. How would

the reconstituted band pull off their long-awaited reunion? Could they possibly

recapture the energy and elan that made them legends in their own brief time?

How would Kane continue after a short reprise in the spotlight?

The answers make "New York Doll" a funny, exhilarating and ultimately

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bittersweet paean to an era and a man. 1:17 (drug content). At the Angelika

Film Center in Manhattan.