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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



On Art and Politics: A Letter to the Millennials

There is a sense in which art, politics and economics are all inextricably and symbiotically tied together, but history has proven to us that art serves as a powerful corrective against the dangers of the establishment.

Posted on Aug 26, 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



Rupert Murdoch Wants to Buy the Company That Owns HBO and CNN

It’s merger mania, with AT&T going after DirecTV and Comcast looking to gobble up Time Warner Cable—not to be confused with Time Warner Inc., another cable company that is now the object of Rupert Murdoch’s appetite.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery

The hunger-ravaged people of Syria have a long period of drought to blame for their ordeal. And that, experts think, is a result of the changing regional climate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



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The American Story of Slavery

Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It’s past time for the rest of the country to do the same.

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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.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Republican Fundraiser, Diplomat, Celebrity Cherub Shirley Temple Black Dies at 85

She had many lives, but before becoming the most famous and photographed American, child actor phenom Shirley Temple was locked in a box and forced to sit on a block of ice.

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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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



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Much Ado About Lance’s Lie

Alex Gibney’s excellent documentary probes the moral outrage over cheating in a minor sport.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 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



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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.”

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Fifth Estate’ Director Calls Assange a Liar, Praises Snowden

Julian Assange has taken strong objection to “The Fifth Estate,” Hollywood’s take on WikiLeaks’ adventures in journalism. In a new interview, the director of the film, Bill Condon, says the WikiLeaks publisher “just flat-out makes things up.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Saudi Arabia’s First Female Director Wants ‘Wadjda’ to Speak for Itself

It’s the first movie filmed entirely inside the kingdom, the first directed by a woman, and the first submitted by Saudi Arabia for an Academy Award, but Haifaa al-Mansour wants her film to do its own talking.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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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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‘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



James Cameron Thinks Hollywood Studios Are Messing Up 3-D

“Avatar” was the international blockbuster that made 3-D movies commonplace in American multiplexes. Its director and multi-dimensional filmmaking’s leading evangelist, James Cameron, ought to be happy. He’s not.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



Spectacle in Summer: The Guilty Pleasures of ‘The Lone Ranger’

“The Lone Ranger” is too long and more than a little bit incoherent, but you will see some things in the movie that you will not have seen anywhere else.

Posted on Jul 8, 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.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



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The Joy of Singing Out of the Spotlight

“20 Feet From Stardom” is a joyous documentary about the lives and careers of backup singers. It has been a long time since I’ve had so much fun at a movie.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Hey Hollywood, Remember the Ladies?

A new study demonstrates that women are featured less and hypersexualized more than men in film. So although Jennifer Lawrence may have captured everyone’s imagination playing heroine Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games,” that feat remains the exception rather than the rule.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Actress Angelina Jolie on Her ‘Empowering’ Decision to Have Her Breasts Removed

Angelina Jolie made her fortune as one of the most beautiful women in the world, and after having a double mastectomy to prevent against breast cancer, she writes, “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

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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.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Waiting for ‘42’

Jackie Robinson’s story has been oddly neglected by Hollywood—until now.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE


Roger Ebert’s Life

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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.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Oscar 2013: Hollywood’s CIA Celebration

What was Michelle Obama thinking? What if the card for “Zero Dark Thirty” had been lurking in that best picture envelope Sunday?

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE


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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



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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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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



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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The Mouse House Buys ‘Star Wars’ for $4 Billion

The Walt Disney Co. used to be the most creative business in the world. Now it’s a conglomerate that buys other people’s inventions: Pixar, Marvel and, most recently, Lucasfilm, home of the original blockbuster.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Let ‘Argo’ Take You Hostage

I don’t know how much of the picture—beyond its basic premise—is “true.” And, frankly, I don’t give a damn.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Prison and Poverty for All: The Future We Live In

A new documentary about prison and the drug war makes the science fiction dystopias of “Looper” and “Dredd 3D” feel disturbingly plausible.

Posted on Oct 1, 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



Warner Bros.

The ‘Dark Knight’: 3 Hours of Apathy

We want it to be good. We certainly don’t want it to be the occasion for tragedy. What we are forced to settle for, though, is aimlessness.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE


NRA’s Legacy

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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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Magic Mike: Keep Your Pants Off

“Magic Mike” is an entertaining movie that unfortunately lacks the courage of its own predilections.

Posted on Jul 2, 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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