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‘Newtown’: Bearing Witness, and Bringing Heart, to Horror’s Aftermath

Of all the skills director Kim Snyder drew upon to make this stirring documentary about the Sandy Hook massacre, the most important was the human element of sympathy.

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‘Do Not Resist’ Confronts the Frightening Militarization of American Police

Filmmaker Craig Atkinson rides along with SWAT teams and uncovers a “for-profit” law-enforcement system.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 READ MORE

‘The Birth of a Nation’ and ‘13th’ School Their Viewers on America’s Racial Legacy

Directors Ava DuVernay and Nate Parker make searingly urgent cases that America’s legacy of slavery and systemic racism is not at all just a relic of the past.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

‘The Lovers and the Despot’ Film Review: The Curious Case of Kim Jong Il’s Stolen Filmmakers

Not even North Korea’s late supreme leader was immune to Hollywood’s charms. (Pictured, Choi Eun Hee, left, and Shin Sang Ok.)

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

A Subtler Oliver Stone Is Back in Top Form With ‘Snowden’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s quietly gripping performance, complemented by Stone’s smartly subdued direction, makes for a top-notch treatment of the former National Security Agency contractor’s real-life suspense story.

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With ‘Sully,’ Clint Eastwood Skillfully Traffics in the Gray Zone Once Again

The off-screen politics of Eastwood the celebrity have made headlines in his later years, but as a storyteller, he has a knack for nuance and moral complexity.

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‘Paying the Price for Peace’ Tells an Epic Story of Courage and Commitment

S. Brian Willson’s tour of duty in Vietnam changed his views forever. “We are not worth more. They are not worth less,” he decided about those in lands where Americans go to war. Since his military service he has dedicated his life to the anti-war movement at great personal cost.

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‘Equity’ Film Review: Women Bare Their Teeth in Wall Street’s Shark Tank

This female-driven thriller, starring Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” fame, is a study of a cutthroat species in its natural habitat and plays on expectations and conventions with some surprising twists.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 READ MORE

‘Zero Days’ Film Review: When Warfare Goes Viral, Guess Who Loses?

Compared to the era-defining new infoweapon Stuxnet, Big Brother is the stuff of child’s play.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 READ MORE

‘Weiner’ Film Review: This Is What Our Democracy Looks Like

The career of Anthony Weiner (remember him?) may have imploded, but his personal and professional disasters provide the basis for what may be the most unnervingly canny treatment yet of our celebrity-mad political culture.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

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