09 Feb 2019

Film Review: No Easy Ways Out On ‘Beale Street’

Kevin Gosztola reviews “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature the night before the Oscars. He offers some commentary on why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences did not nominate the film for “Best Picture.” The aesthetic of a Barry Jenkins

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26 Jan 2019

‘Minding The Gap’: Oscar-Nominated Film About Trauma At Home And Growing Up

“Minding The Gap” is a 2018 feature documentary nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola offers a review. The documentary revolves around three characters, who dealt with trauma in their home during adolescence by turning to skateboarding. It grapples with issues of toxic

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31 Dec 2018

The Dissenter’s Top Films Of 2018

Some of the top 2018 films that pushed boundaries, boldly challenged conventions, or simply presented fresh stories for moviegoers.

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29 Nov 2018

Review: Documentary Connects Revolutionary Feminist Struggles In The Middle East

In August 2014, the women of the “Women’s Protection Units” (YPJ) captured the attention of the world when they helped rescue 50,000 people from a massacre by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Sinjar Mountains of northern Iraq. The “Sinjar massacre,” as it has come to

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08 Jul 2018

Review: ‘Sorry To Bother You’ Refreshingly Defies Trends Of Corporate Cinema

Boots Riley’s debut film, “Sorry To Bother You,” is a refreshingly defiant satire featuring magical realism to propel its story and message. The film skewers many ugly aspects of late-stage American capitalism while at the same time giving each main character plenty of space to express themselves, grapple with their

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12 May 2018

Member Newsletter Preview: The Way Violence Engulfs Us

In this edition of Shadowproof’s weekly member newsletter, we highlight Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay’s film, “You Were Never Really Here,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, which was released in April. Joe (Phoenix), an Afghanistan War veteran, works as a hitman while taking care of his elderly mother. He is offered a job

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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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