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Truthdigger of the Week: Ava DuVernay, Activist Filmmaker

Even when off the set, the director of “13th” and “Selma” regularly addresses issues of political injustice.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE


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Best of Truthdig’s Film Reviews 2016: List Includes ‘Arrival’ and ‘La La Land’

Given the presidential election and the premature deaths of a surprising number of baby-boomer entertainers, 2016 was the worst of years. Nonetheless, this annus horribilis produced a surprising number of great films.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE


Watch: White House Hosts Panel With Jeremy Irons and Mathematicians on Math and the Movies

The star of “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and representatives from the government and academia discuss the role of storytelling, cinema and media in disseminating science and mathematics.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘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.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE


Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



It Makes No Sense for Colin Kaepernick to Sing Anthem That ‘Celebrates Murder of African-Americans’

The 49ers quarterback making headlines for his protest against racism and police violence is making a crucial point about the U.S.; Fox News may be on its last legs; meanwhile, the disclaimer at the end of most films claiming they’re fiction oddly enough has to do with Rasputin. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



An Open Letter to Ivanka Trump From Michael Moore: ‘Your Dad Is Not Well’

It’s time for an intervention.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE



Oliver Stone Warns Against Surveillance Capitalism and ‘Pokémon Go’

The “Snowden” filmmaker believes technology will lead to totalitarianism, and his points about domestic spying and data mining should not be dismissed.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE



Director Mira Nair on Who Decides What’s ‘Marginal’ and Why People Should Tell Their Own Story

In “Queen of Katwe,” the “Monsoon Wedding” filmmaker turns to Uganda to capture the tale of a young, rural chess prodigy and remind us that genius is everywhere.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Academy Voters Have Long Lacked Logic

Is the “best picture” always the best picture? Not if history is any guide. And some observers will argue that a similar lack of logic is apparent in the shortage of minority representation in the major Oscar nominations.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE



Honoring Marion Dougherty, Who Made Movie Stars but Often Got No Credit

The casting director, who died in 2011, discovered or jump-started the careers of many of today’s biggest Hollywood names, and she was known for placing African-Americans in parts intended for white actors. Yet her own name is missing from many of her most famous projects.

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Movie Roles for Non-White Actors Sometimes Still Get Played by White People

“Last Week Tonight” gets to the bottom of Hollywood whitewashing and asks viewers, “How is this still a thing?”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Damning Study Finds a ‘Whitewashed’ Hollywood

A new study finds that films and TV shows from major media companies are “whitewashed” in what researchers call an “epidemic of invisibility” that runs through the industry for women, minorities and LGBT people.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



Film Review: A Resolute ‘Race’ Through Jesse Owens’ Monumental Story

The movie paints in overly broad strokes, but it captures many of the facts about the history-making track athlete. It also offers a fine perspective on the racial politics of the 1930s and the burgeoning civil rights movement of that day.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



Golden Globes: A Contender for Best Comedy

The scandal-plagued awards show gets a nod for spotting groundbreakers, but the back-scratching nature of the ceremony makes it a little hard to swallow.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: A Very Good Year at the Movies

What do “Straight Outta Compton,” “Carol” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” have in common? They all made Truthdig film reviewer John Patterson’s 2015 list of favorites.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Remembering Legendary Filmmaker and Activist Haskell Wexler

In this video, “Democracy Now!” pays tribute to the Oscar-winning cinematographer, director and activist, who died Sunday at the age of 93.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Year in Movies: Superheroines, Superheroes, Singers and Sex

When it came to the silver screen, 2015 was a curious and contradictory year in many ways. It featured the success of both the legacy franchise and the original script, and it brought together both warrior babes and geriatric macho men.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 21, 2015 ENLARGE



‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Deep Down, a Product of Fear

It’s unlikely that the beloved space saga’s Episode VII—regardless of whether it turns out to be a crowd pleaser—has taken the risks George Lucas took with his installments.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



Meryl Streep Decries Income Inequality in Hollywood, Obliquely Identifies as a Feminist

C’mon, Meryl—even Beyoncé doesn’t shy away from calling herself a feminist. Or maybe therein lies part of the intergenerational quandary.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



Michael Moore Calls Lack of Female Directors in Hollywood ‘a Form of Apartheid’

The documentary filmmaker pointed to one of Hollywood’s persistent gender issues in a panel discussion at the New York Film Festival on Sunday, once again drawing attention to the vast gap between the number of female and male directors in the industry and dropping the word “apartheid” while he was at it.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Michael Moore Plays a Big Prank on Audiences in ‘Where to Invade Next’

The title of documentarian Michael Moore’s latest provocative cinematic production is “Where to Invade Next.” Probably a blistering critique of U.S. foreign policy, right? Not exactly.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Here’s the Haunting First Trailer for Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

The dramatic official trailer for the Edward Snowden biopic has arrived, six months ahead of its Christmas release date.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Waters Has Some Wonderfully Witty Advice for the Class of 2015

“Go out in the world and f–k it up beautifully” is auteur John Waters’ advice to this year’s graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Leonard Nimoy Inspired Millions and Will Continue to Do So

Like the iconic Mr. Spock, he was virtuous, wise and generous.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE



The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing

“I, a lover of cinema, destroyed the films—in nothing more than a shitty little garbage can, which is funny considering the can had no idea that its insides were being burned and scalded by the likes of Lynch and Antonioni and Deren and Jodorowsky.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Renaissance Didn’t Happen Here’ (Video)

The final film of Russian director Alexei German—which was 12 years in the making—immerses viewers in a reimagined Middle Ages. “I don’t think any film has ever depicted a world so awful with such conviction,” Gabriel Winslow-Yost writes in The New York Review of Books.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE


How Do You Tell Your Girlfriend You’re Moving to Another Planet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dianne McGrath isn’t waiting for NASA to take her to Mars, Deon Taylor addresses the difficulties of a black director researching white supremacy, and Martin Luther King and Helen Caldicott join us, courtesy of the Pacific Archives and Brian DeShazer.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


How Do You Tell Your Girlfriend You’re Moving to Another Planet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dianne McGrath isn’t waiting for NASA to take her to Mars, Deon Taylor addresses the difficulties of a black director researching white supremacy, and Martin Luther King and Helen Caldicott join us, courtesy of the Pacific Archives and Brian DeShazer.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



Civil Rights: From Sundance, to Selma, to South Carolina

On March 21, 1915, a motion picture was screened for the first time inside the White House.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



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The Price of ‘The Interview’

It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy “The Interview.” At this point, I’m guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who greenlighted the film.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



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The NSA Plays Villain to Captain America—Again

You know you’re living in strange times when the most jingoistic superhero goes to war with his own government.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE


Listen to Interviews With the Real Gary Webb

“Democracy Now” is making available a number of interviews with the late journalist Gary Webb, whose reporting on the CIA and crack is now the subject of the movie “Kill the Messenger.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Calif. Governor, L.A. Mayor Push Plans to Boost Entertainment Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were inching closer to resolution on two big economic goals for the state and city, respectively.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



Where to Watch Sir Richard Attenborough’s Five Best Movies Right Now

One of film’s most beloved actors and directors died Sunday after 90 years of life and a career that somehow made giants of the 20th century (including Mahatma Gandhi, as played by Ben Kingsley, above) seem even grander.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



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People Just Love John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a Couple

The new independent film “Love Is Strange” by director Ira Sachs is getting rave reviews.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



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There Will Never Be Another Robin Williams

He was arguably the funniest man alive, until, shockingly, he wasn’t.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



Sony Pictures Classics

Can’t Knock Woody Allen’s Hustle

The prolific director’s latest isn’t his greatest, but it’s good enough.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



Satirical Film ‘Dear White People’ Invites You to Check Your Privilege

“The story revolves around four black kids at a mostly white Ivy League college,” director Justin Simien told Amy Goodman in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. That’s the basic premise of Simien’s much-awaited debut comedy “Dear White People,” a film that promises to do much more than just make you laugh.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE


Beyond Sex and Soccer: Why Brazilians Are Pissed About the World Cup

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The World Cup opens with a bang, how thinking mothers should deal with gunplay, and we interview the directors of two new documentaries—one on the late, great Gore Vidal, the other on prison escape artist and possible criminal justice victim Mark DeFriest.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Beyond Sex and Soccer: Why Brazilians Are Pissed About the World Cup

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The World Cup opens with a bang, how thinking mothers should deal with gun play, and we interview the directors of two new documentaries—one on the late, great Gore Vidal, the other on prison escape artist and possible criminal justice victim Mark DeFriest.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE


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Do Yourself a Favor: Watch the British Pathé’s Bizarre and Chilling News Clips Now on YouTube

The archive of the Pathé cinema newsreels that documented the “first 70 years of the 20th century” in the United Kingdom and beyond has been released onto YouTube. Some of the videos, such as those of the human fish and the 140-pound 3-year-old, are just too weird not to watch.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



Celebrities Including Sting and Emma Thompson Press U.N. on Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Some 30 actors, writers, directors, artists, musicians and others have petitioned the U.N. demanding it take action to protect civilians, notably Palestinian refugees, caught up in the Syria conflict as it entered its fourth year Saturday.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE


Why Is It Awkward When Movie Stars Talk About God?

Athletes praising Jesus on television are as ubiquitous as Geico commercials, so why was best actor Matthew McConaughey’s God-loving acceptance speech Sunday night so uncomfortable?

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Inside the Nazis’ Model Concentration Camp

Theresienstadt was a most peculiar institution. It was created by the Nazis as a “model” camp—“Hitler’s gift to the Jews,” as the saying went—designed to placate the Red Cross and other international inspectors when they came calling.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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The One Movie From 2013 You Have to See

In short, the movie year ends, as they almost always do, in disappointment that verges on dismay. But there is hope.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Sweden’s New Film Rating System Zeroes In on Gender Bias

Some of you may have heard of the Bechdel test—a simple method used to identify whether a film is gender biased based on a question posed by comic strip artist Allison Bechdel. Cinemas in the ever-progressive Scandinavian country are now incorporating this gauge into their film ratings. And the results are embarrassing for Hollywood.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



IFC Films

Sex Isn’t Everything

The sex in “Blue Is the Warmest Color” is about as good as it is ever going to get in what I guess is more or less a mainstream movie, but…

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE


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