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Not Terrorism?

Posted on Jul 27, 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

We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE

Hollywood Hacks

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Thanks, Kim Jong Un

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE

Why Kim Jong Un Was Really Afraid of ‘The Interview’

There has been a lot of blaming the victim in the commentary on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s controversial film “The Interview.”

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE

Dear Leader 2

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Sony Pictures

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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.

Posted on Mar 7, 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 READ MORE

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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

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

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


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

‘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

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.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE

‘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


‘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

AP/ Murray Close, Lionsgate

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.”

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE

Artwork, images and photo from Brian Wood's website.

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

Warner Bros.

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

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 READ MORE

Roger Ebert

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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

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

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

Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

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

Oscar News

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE

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

Still from "Lincoln" © Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox

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

Photo by JD Hancock (CC-BY)

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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