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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.

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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.

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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.

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Don’t Text and Terrorize

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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The Performance of Robert Redford’s Career

The 77-year-old actor is at his smart, ironic best in “All Is Lost.”

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Gandolfini, Louis-Dreyfus Charm in ‘Enough Said’

The early reviews prepared me to be charmed by “Enough Said,” which naturally made me uncomfortable.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



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The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 bloodbath is a brilliant exploration of the twisted psychology of that nation’s mass murderers and their ongoing glorification.

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Don’t Make a Phony Out of J.D. Salinger

A new documentary wants to find some hidden wound that “explains” the novelist’s reclusivity, but I don’t think there is one.

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‘The Artist and the Model’: Less Is More

It’s perhaps easy to make too much of a film like “The Artist and the Model.” But it’s also easy to make too little of it—and I’d rather run the prior risk.

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Woody Allen’s Latest Shows He’s Still Got It

Imagine—77 years old and still making movies as good as “Blue Jasmine,” when most directors his age are out of work or collecting dubious awards.

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‘Blackfish’: What the Hell Is Sea World Thinking?

By what measure of magical thinking does the occasional death or ripped-off limb seem a sensible price to pay for the queasy entertainment offered at water shows?

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‘The Fifth Estate’ Trailer: How Hollywood Does WikiLeaks

Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) plays Julian Assange in DreamWorks and Participant Media’s upcoming film based on the book by WikiLeaks ship-jumper Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Luke Harding of The Guardian.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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‘World War Z’: Still Fun at Twice the Price

I read in the press that this movie can never, ever recoup its cost, but it does have its charms.

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Will There Ever Be a Great ‘Gatsby’?

It’s understandable that the book has been a constant temptation to moviemakers. It’s also understandable that it has never been turned into a fully successful film.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Ripped From Tomorrow’s Headlines: Brian Wood, Comic Book Futurist

Brian Wood is a best-selling comic book writer whose body of work expresses a political and social awareness that ranks with the best in speculative fiction.

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Roger Ebert’s Life

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Jon Stewart Taking Hiatus From ‘Daily Show’ to Direct Movie

Funnyman Jon Stewart is taking a turn at a more serious project than he’s normally accustomed to, one that will require him to be behind the camera instead of in front of it.

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Was 2012 the Best Year for Documentaries?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A look at the Oscar-nominated docs and other political movies, and more on the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

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Was 2012 the Best Year for Documentaries?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A look at the Oscar-nominated docs and other political movies, and more on the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

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Alfred Hitchcock Never Won an Academy Award

Hollywood often fails to recognize the truly great talent in its midst.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE



Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Last Picture Show

Independent theaters and films are struggling to survive the transition to digital cinema.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Just Say ‘No’: Director Pablo Larraín Tells How Chile Got Rid of a Dictator

In his latest film, Larraín continues his examination of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, this time looking at the campaign to oust him.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Kathryn Bigelow Shows Us the Things We Carried

When “Zero Dark Thirty” opens nationally Friday, many moviegoers will already have made up their minds.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Seven Movies I Liked in 2012 (and One I Didn’t)

The film year is, alas, a “disappointment.” The very idea of making a 10 Best list seems either laughable or a task comparable in difficulty to translating the Rosetta Stone.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Miserables’? More Like ‘Les Middling’

There are times when a cast of dozens, working intensely, is actually superior to a cast of hundreds working routinely.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



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A Simple, Excellent and Surprising Film

I think the message of “Amour,” if it may be said to have one, is that love is sometimes—probably rarely—eternal.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Condemns ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Torture Porn

“Zero Dark Thirty” is piling up rave reviews despite perpetuating the myth that torture helps combat terrorism. Glenn Greenwald objects to praise for a film that propagandizes war crimes as a necessary evil.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



Bill Murray Captures FDR’s Pain and Wit in ‘Hyde Park’

What makes “Hyde Park on Hudson” a good deal more than delightful is its lightly touched seriousness of purpose.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



This ‘Hitchcock’ Is Frightfully Off

He was never dark or monstrous as this film makes him seem. Rather the opposite. There was something—well—childlike about him.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Interminable ‘Flight’ Is Good, but Save Your Miles

“Flight” is a mildly unsatisfying film, chiefly, I think, because we’ve been here before.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Cult of Personality

The critics simply have too much invested in the still young director to acknowledge that “The Master” has to rank somewhere between a disappointment and a disaster.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE


Anti-Islam Film

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A Warning to the Next Generation of Student Debtors

Explaining why she is fighting for reform of the student lending industry, Carmen Berkley bursts into tears. She is one of several borrowers interviewed in a documentary by Serge Bakalian, above.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE



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8 Great Lines Written by the Late Nora Ephron

It is commonly known that the film industry is horrible in its treatment of women, and it is sometimes said in such circles that women aren’t very funny. How then to explain the hugely successful career of the writer most famous for “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally ... ,” Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday night?

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Monsieur Lazhar’: Tragedy and Humanity

At its best, “Monsieur Lazhar” is something very rare in film: a study in self-containment.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Bully’: Zooming In on Childhood Demons

Is bullying on the rise in schools around the country?  I don’t know. You don’t know. And, most important, Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary “Bully,” doesn’t seem to know either.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Documentary on Teen Bullies Gets the NC-17 Treatment (Audio Fixed)

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The end of Andrew Breitbart, the week in politics and movie theater owners threaten to treat a documentary about bullies as an NC-17 film.

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Documentary on Teen Bullies Gets the NC-17 Treatment

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The end of Andrew Breitbart, the week in politics and movie theater owners threaten to treat a documentary about bullies as an NC-17 film.

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Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE


Truth in Oscars

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