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Stories of heroes and heels

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3/9/2021
Why Nobody Dared Stream THE DISSIDENT
THE DISSIDENT brought audiences at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to their feet, and many left in tears. Then the doc sat, untouched, for six months. Finally, a small company called Briarcliff Entertainment acquired it and made it available for rental online.
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1/14/2021
The Ugly Backstory of Ben Shapiro’s First Movie ‘Run Hide Fight’
The right-wing pundit’s Daily Wire has partnered with disgraced film producer Dallas Sonnier—who has a history of overlooking on-set abuses—to release a school-shooting movie.
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12/26/2020
Outcry in Hollywood over Minari's placement in foreign-language category
Golden Globes chooses not to list Lee Isaac Chung’s coming-of-age film in the best drama field, as critics say decision ‘stings’
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12/18/2020
Meet The Community Of Preservationists In Search of Lost Movies
A look at where old films go when the screen goes dark and the people trying to resurrect them.
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12/2/2020
I Watched ‘Citizen Kane’ for the First Time. Then I Had an Existential Crisis.
Orson Welles’s movie is considered one of the best films ever, but for one journalist, it’s more a sign that as much as things in media change, they stay the same
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10/21/2020
Tony Todd on the Joy of ‘Candyman,’ and the Role of Black Horror
Frightening movies help fans gain a “new understanding,” says the veteran star of scary stories, including the new “Tales From the Hood 3.”
Why Disney’s new ‘Mulan’ is a scandal
The company's desire to please Beijing means ignoring a genocide.
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8/20/2020
Why Are There So Few Black Directors in the Criterion Collection?
The prestigious line is coveted by cinephiles and taught in film schools. The company’s president blames his “blind spots” for largely shutting out Black Americans.
Movies For A Troubling Moment
Some ideas on what to watch to help make sense of this moment.
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