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Stories of heroes and heels

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11/15/2019
The True Story Behind the Movie 'The Report'
The film, starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening, chronicles the real investigation into the CIA's use of torture and the struggle to release what Senate staffers uncovered.
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8/14/2019
The Hunt’s cancellation and Hollywood’s history of self-censorship, explained
The movie industry has tried for a century to keep the government out of the box office.
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3/22/2019
The Director Who Doesn’t Care What You Think of His Movies
S. Craig Zahler’s movies, including his latest, ‘Dragged Across Concrete,’ have been labeled unwoke racist fantasias. But he’s not making them to get universal approval.
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8/10/2018
'BlacKkKlansman': The True Story of How Ron Stallworth Infiltrated the K.K.K.
Spike Lee brings Stallworth’s extraordinary story to the screen—but how closely does the film hew to real history?
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3/19/2018
Enlisting an Audience: How Hollywood Peddles Propaganda
Movies like ‘12 Strong’ and ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ exemplify military valor without considering the cost of war.
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2/12/2018
Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America
Ryan Coogler’s film is a vivid re-imagination of something black Americans have cherished for centuries — Africa as a dream of our wholeness, greatness and self-realization.
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12/7/2017
How Today’s Most Daring, Weird Cartoons Transform the Minstrel Aesthetic
Unlike their minstrel predecessors, these cartoons celebrate oddities rather than ridicule them.
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2/24/2012
The Gary Oldman Story That Almost Wasn't
GQ sat down with one of Hollywood's great underappreciated screen actors for a sprawling profile about the untamed days of his youth.
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