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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Still from the documentary film, "Eat That Question."
14 Jul 2016

‘Eat That Question’: An Engrossing Film About Frank Zappa, A True Anti-Establishment Artist

“The thing that sets the Americans apart from the rest of the cultures in the world is we’re so fucking stupid,” Frank Zappa declares in “Eat That Question.”

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Still from the documentary film, "Weiner."
27 Jun 2016

Film Review: ‘Weiner’ Captures Quintessence Of Political Hubris

It is captivating to see Weiner and his team, along with Abedin, follow the playbook for handling political scandals.

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27 Feb 2016

Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Deal With Profound Crises of Humanity

It is Oscar weekend. The backlash against the Academy Awards for the extreme lack of diversity in nominees is how this year’s awards will be remembered. One could argue this is how the awards will be remembered for a second year in a row. However, let’s focus on one awards category:

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19 Feb 2016

‘Where To Invade Next’ Shows Americans Can Live Better If They Believe Anything’s Possible

Michael Moore’s latest documentary is meant to inspire Americans with great ideas for social justice policies inspired by his visits to Europe.

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15 Feb 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘Trick Bag’

Kartemquin Films continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with this short film on racism among working class Chicagoans in the 1970s.

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