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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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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


‘Fed Up’ Promises to Change the Way You Eat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new movie from the producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” and Katie Couric takes on the American diet. Also: A look at the border industrial complex, and a broken promise to help Filipino immigrants send aid to victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE


‘Fed Up’ Promises to Change the Way You Eat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new movie from the producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” and Katie Couric takes on the American diet. Also: A look at the border industrial complex, and a broken promise to help Filipino immigrants send aid to victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



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This Unexpected Movie Just Won’t Leave Me Alone

“Ida” is a strangely haunting movie—for a failure. For all its faults, it’s taken up something like permanent residence in my brain.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE


The Internet Is Great and It’s Awful

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



Cesar Chavez: The Story of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Diego Luna tells Truthdig he wanted to make a movie his Mexican-American son could look to for inspiration.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



Does It Matter That the Oscars Are Overwhelmingly White?

The short answer is yes and no.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton vs. Richard Nixon: The Movie

Of all the movie treatments thrown around ahead of Hillary Clinton’s inevitable 2016 presidential run, “Rodham” actually sounds the most interesting.

Posted on Dec 3, 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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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.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



West End Films

Neil Jordan Returns to Bloodsuckers With ‘Byzantium’

It’s been nearly 20 years since “The Crying Game” auteur Neil Jordan directed Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in “Interview With the Vampire.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



Dead Man Walking, 20 Years On

Thirty years ago, a Catholic nun working in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans was asked if she would be a pen pal to a death-row prisoner.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



Warner Bros.

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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Stars, Studio and Ratings Board Battle Over ‘Bully’

There’s a big, built-in problem with the Motion Picture Association of America’s contested decision to slap “Bully,” a documentary about kids battering kids, with an R rating, and it’s a problem of which powerhouse producer Harvey Weinstein and a growing lineup of Hollywood stars are well aware.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Men in Drag: Armisen Charms, Sandler’s a Miss

Why does Adam Sandler’s shtick fail to elicit laughter—or anything but a furrowed brow—and what might be the significance of his profound unfunniness for broader issues of gender and media?

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE


‘The Dictator’ Meets the Super Bowl

Say what you will about Sacha Baron Cohen’s ribald and untoward brand of comedy, but he has at least one thing going for him in his latest big-screen venture, “The Dictator”: good timing. Speaking of which, here’s a glimpse of what Super Bowl ad-watchers will see from Baron Cohen’s camp this Sunday.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Thatcher’s Friends Slam Streep in ‘Iron Lady’

Perhaps the filmmakers behind the new Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady,” with big-screen queen Meryl Streep playing the titular part, can at least be assured that their characterization of Great Britain’s first female prime minister didn’t overly pander to its famous subject, in that some of her friends ... (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Missing From ‘March’

George Clooney is the nominal star (and director) of “The Ides of March,” a not particularly thrilling, but sort of agreeable, political thriller, in which he is largely AWOL.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Not Much ‘Sunshine’ in Kaufman’s Next Act

Screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman made his name in lights with his Academy Award-winning script for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” but six more years in showbiz have apparently dimmed his Oscar afterglow, given the details on his latest project that The Wrap served up.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Sex Slavery and Impotent Outrage

In the summer, when we are always in the mood for fun and frolic, “The Whistleblower” is an easy movie to ignore. But we should not.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Revisiting the Horror of Nanking

“City of Life and Death,” by the Chinese writer-director Lu Chuan, is the second film about Nanking, and it is a work that aspires to the definitive and almost achieves that status.

Posted on Jun 18, 2011 READ MORE



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David Lynch, The Nightclub

Master of cinema bizarrité David Lynch is giving the Parisian nightlife a shot of his distinctive brand of surrealism by directing part of the production of a new nightclub, Silencio, based on his 2001 film “Mulholland Drive.”

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Robert Kennedy Jr.’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Moment

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. beamed from the big screen this weekend, featured prominently in documentary filmmaker Bill Haney’s latest film, “The Last Mountain,” which opened Friday to positive reviews in New York and Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE


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America’s A.G. Puts In an Order to HBO

Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is a big fan of HBO’s “The Wire”—so much so, in fact, that he has strongly suggested that the crime drama’s writers work on another season of the retired series or perhaps a made-for-cable movie.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Access Journalism: The Movie

It is not true, as a Wall Street Journal reviewer claimed, that the HBO movie version of Andrew Sorkin’s book “Too Big to Fail” was “Too Boring to Watch.” On the contrary, the problem with the film, as with the richly anecdotal book, is that it is all too effectively misleading. 

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Disney Grabs ‘SEAL Team 6’ Trademark

The entertainment giant, apparently preparing to launch a new franchise, filed trademark applications for the name SEAL Team 6 two days after the elite military unit stormed Osama bin Laden’s home in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (more)

Posted on May 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Schwarzenegger to Resuscitate Tired Tagline, Movie Franchise

We’ve seen several cases by now of entertainers crossing over into the political realm, but few treat that career-swapping switch like a revolving door. First of all, it’s unwise, and second, it’s not easily done—unless, apparently, you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE



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‘In a Better World’: Oscar Bait Without Much Bite

Despite landing the Oscar for best foreign film, not to mention some good acting, “In a Better World” aims for the heart—and misses.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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You Don’t Get to Know the Calorie Count of Your Movie Popcorn

Soon, Americans won’t be able to hide from the sometimes dismaying nutritional readouts on menus at their favorite chain restaurants—and even on some vending machines—but they still can in the soothing, darkened space of their local movie theater.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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A Smooth Ride in This ‘Lincoln’

Fine work by the actors, the writer and the filmmakers makes a noirish spin in L.A. feel like a drive back to the day when audiences considered such good movies a birthright.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



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But What Whole Foods Really Always Wanted to Do Is ...

What America really needs is another film festival, especially one sponsored by Whole Paycheck Foods, right? The health food superstore is bringing to theaters across the country a series of films about, you know, the planet and eating right and stuff ...

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Moore Takes Palin’s Part for HBO

Tina Fey might have been too busy (or too obvious), but luckily for HBO, the lovely and talented Julianne Moore has agreed to play the world’s most famous Wasillan, Sarah Palin, in HBO’s upcoming movie based on the book “Game Change.”

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



2010: Best of the Big Screen

I don’t know when the practice began or who had the initial brainstorm, but it is now written in fiery letters that at the end of every year that movie reviewers must set aside the really fun stuff and spend a day or two tripping down short-term memory lane to concoct a list of the year’s 10 best movies.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Another Year’: The Tragedy of Everyday Life

As its title forthrightly states, writer-director Mike Leigh’s “Another Year” simply records the spring-to-spring passage of the annual round of days in these very ordinary lives. I think, for reasons difficult to explain, that it is a near-to-great film.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE


Year of the Queer
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Chamberlain: Gay Leading Men Still Trapped in the Closet

The path out of the proverbial closet is still riddled with potential career pitfalls for gay actors, according to veteran screen star Richard Chamberlain, who himself came out in 2003 but, as he tells The Advocate, wouldn’t recommend that closeted actors angling for leading roles follow his example.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Fair Game’: Spying in the Suburbs

It’s not quite “Ozzie and Harriet with Security Clearances,” but there is something inescapably unedifying in watching the Wilsons bicker their way through the clichés of marital disaffection in a case that—let’s face it—was of small import in the context of the much larger crimes perpetrated by a pusillanimous power elite.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



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New Zealanders Stage Pro-‘Hobbit’ Rallies

As executives from Warner Bros. visited New Zealand to deliberate about whether to film the studio’s pair of planned “Hobbit” prequels there, people from around the country joined in demonstrations in an attempt to tip the balance in their favor.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



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Taking ‘Superman’ to School

This depiction of our nation’s teachers is typical of those who promote a particular reform agenda calling for charter schools, anti-unionism and merit pay based on high-stakes test scores. While it’s fine to promote this agenda, it’s also ethical to provide a balanced critique.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 READ MORE



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‘You Shall Not Pass’ (Quickly Into Economic Recovery)

Using the same terminology one might employ to describe the plot of “The Lord of the Rings,” President Obama has agreed that the country’s economic recovery has been “painfully slow” and has indicated he understands the vitriol aimed toward Democrats as the 2010 midterm elections approach.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Eat Pray Buy

Historically, the notion of cross-promotion in the film world has frequently involved plastic products optimized for Happy Meals—collect ’em all! But with changing times and audiences come all new ways to part moviegoers with their pocket money.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE



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McDonald’s Recalls Toxic ‘Shrek’ Glasses

McDonald’s is recalling 12 million “Shrek”-themed drinking glasses after it was found that the painted designs on the vessels contained toxic, but quite delicious-sounding, cadmium.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Bollywood’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’

India is about to enter taboo test mode as it prepares for the release of “Dunno Y ... Na Jaane Kyun,” a film many are calling India’s “Brokeback Mountain.” It’s hoped that the film’s depiction of a gay relationship between two men will help break down social anxieties toward homosexuality.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Dubai Says No to ‘Sex’

Maybe Dubai is onto something. Sarah Jessica Parker had hoped to give “Sex and the City 2” a different kind of cosmopolitan twist by setting the girlie gabfest in the Middle Eastern metropolis, but despite months of concerted effort the Arab emirate wasn’t, as they say, having it.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Please Rob Me

A Dutch developer has created a website called Please Rob Me that takes Twitter data and compiles a list of people who say they are away from home and at a restaurant or movie—with geocoded information and the likelihood of an empty house being broadcast throughout the Internet.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE


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DreamWorks Moving on MLK Project

DreamWorks Studios is moving forward with its planned Martin Luther King Jr. feature film after the project suffered a setback last year because of a dispute between members of the late civil rights leader’s family. On Tuesday, the studio announced that it had hired screenwriter Ron Harwood, who penned the Oscar-winning script for “The Pianist,” to write the screenplay for the MLK movie.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Godless Darwin Movie Too Sciency for God-Loving America

Let’s get something straight, America. Charles Darwin was right. Only 39 percent of you believe that, but his theory of evolution is the basis of modern biological science. Deal with it. A new film about the man can’t get distribution in the U.S. because—this is embarrassing just to type—150 years after “On the Origin of Species,” he’s too controversial in these parts.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 READ MORE


Brüno Blitzes Conan O’Brien

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest cultural satire is upon us—and the host of the “Tonight Show.” Conan O’Brien does his best, but all the lap-dancing and Kugel-staring is just too much for him to bear. [Update: Video fixed]

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 READ MORE



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What Price Hollywood?

I visited the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles a few days ago. It is advertised as “the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth.” We all have gods, Martin Luther said, it is just a question of which ones. And in American society, our gods are often celebrities.

Posted on Feb 9, 2009 READ MORE


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