12 Feb 2018

Frontline’s ‘Gang Crackdown’: How Trump Uses MS-13 To Justify Unlawful Detention Of Undocumented Teens

‘The Gang Crackdown’ shows how the Trump administration uses MS-13 to justify the widespread criminalization of innocent and nonviolent immigrants.

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10 Feb 2018

Film Review: ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Perseveres Through Prejudice And Suspicion

Dealing with the death of someone you love is difficult enough. It can be infinitely worse if the grief is compounded by the fact that every day of your life is spent seeking acceptance in the world, as is the case in the Oscar-nominated film, “A Fantastic Woman.” “A Fantastic

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Still from the film "The Post" (2017). Source: https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-post
12 Jan 2018

Film Review: ‘The Post’ Depicts A Newspaper Paralyzed By Coziness With Power

“The Post” is more than a story about the Pentagon Papers. It is a character study of Washington Post publisher, who was compromised by her ties to elites.

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30 Dec 2017

The Dissenter’s Top Films Of 2017

Blade Runner 2049 The sequel to one of the best science fiction films of all time gloriously expands the universe of the 1982 original. Thirty years later, K (Ryan Gosling), an LAPD officer and blade runner, is tasked with an investigation that may unravel everything he knows about the decaying

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Title card from PBS Documentary, "Shadow World." Credit: PBS
20 Nov 2017

Review: ‘Shadow World’ Documentary Exposes Business Of War Based On Greed

In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has earnestly played the role of salesman-in-chief for United States arms manufacturers. The U.S. accounts “for more than half the world’s annual arms deals.” Trump may make it much easier for the government to sell weapons by enlisting the Pentagon and

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17 Apr 2017

Frontline Documentary Methodically Examines Solitary Reform In Maine State Prison

PBS FRONTLINE’s “Last Days Of Solitary” documents Maine’s progress in reducing the number of prisoners in solitary confinement at Maine State Prison.

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Still from the film Moonlight (2016)
30 Dec 2016

The Dissenter’s Top Films Of 2016

Kevin Gosztola highlights some of the best films of the year: movies that push boundaries, involve fresh storytelling, and provoke conversation.

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17 Nov 2016

Film Review: ‘National Bird’ Confronts Perils Of Becoming Drone Whistleblower

President Barack Obama’s administration institutionalized a drone program that involves a targeted assassination policy for individuals put on kill lists. It not only devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in countries, like Afghanistan, but it traumatizes the military officers, who are part of the system which makes

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Image from the movie "Hacksaw Ridge." Source: http://www.hacksawridge.movie/
17 Oct 2016

Film Review: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Captures Struggle To Show Mercy During War

Mel Gibson’s emotional film “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, and his fight not to carry a weapon on the battlefield.

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07 Sep 2016

Film Review: The Truth In Comedy Of Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’

“Don’t Think Twice,” Mike Birbiglia’s ensemble comedy about an improv troupe in New York struggling as some members of the troupe become more successful than others, is driven by a concept, which Birbiglia articulated on the podcast, “You Made It Weird.” He said, “Art is socialism, but life is capitalism.”

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