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Why Hollywood Sucks: They Don’t Make More Movies Like ‘Vice’

Andrew Stewart Washington Babylon
Vice is a picture that distills entire semesters worth of history, geopolitics, psychology, media theory, film studies, and military analysis into a historical comedy-drama that has netted far less attention and box office receipts than it deserved.

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“Network” A Stunning Commentary on the Corrupt American System

Lucy Komisar The Komisar Scoop
The politics of the theatrical adaptation of “Network” have not changed since the Chayefsky film was screened in 1976. The story is still based on the reality that a corrupt upper class screws the middle class and poor.

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Review of "The Favourite": The British Royals Have Always Been Scum

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Despite generations of imperial murder, torture, rape, and plunder, the British ruling class still gets brown-nose treatment in historical depictions. Not so in The Favourite where they are shown as the disgusting creatures they were and still are.

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‘Roma’ Review: Alfonso Cuaron Makes His Masterpiece

Peter Travers The Rolling Stone
Oscar-winner, Alfonso Cuaron, goes into the past and pays tribute to the women who helped raise him. Cuarón has done more than break through walls of language, culture and class to craft the best movie of the year.

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‘Las Sandinistas!’: A Revolution Remembered

Mark Read The Indypendent
Las Sandinistas, a new feature-length documentary film that examines the Nicaraguan revolution of the 1980’s, arrives in theaters at a critical political juncture in which crises in Central America are once again center stage.

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The Queer Coming-of-Age Movie Arrives

Spencer Kornhaber The Atlantic
For some kids rule-breaking is less a route toward self-definition than a requirement built into existence. That’s the reality recognized by a recent crop of films centered on the queer teen, a figure who until now has been cinematically marginal.
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