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Stories of heroes and heels

Movies For A Troubling Moment
Some ideas on what to watch to help make sense of this moment.
Catherine Burns: The Vanishing of an Oscar-Nominated Actress
Fifty years ago, her searing supporting role in "Last Summer" led to critical acclaim and Academy recognition, but the actress soon disappeared from Hollywood, leaving her fans and showbiz admirers searching for answers.
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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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