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Freedom Lost

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is a brutal, beautiful and vital film.


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Twelve Years a Slave was part of a literary tide. When the memoir was published in 1853, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Frederick Douglass’ autobiography were bestsellers, helping to fuel the abolition   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Undocumented

Over the border.


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It’s one thing to hear the facts: In the past 15 years, more than 2,500 migrants attempting to cross the Mexico-Arizona border through the Sonora Desert have perished en route. It’s quite an   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

AP Film Studies: Shared Nightmares

Here there be dragons—and Nosferatu.


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At a party long ago, a bleary-eyed co-worker began talking about dragons. He was drunkenly regurgitating a theory that all humans were evolved from aquatic apes whose main predators were big cat   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AP KRYZA

All Is Lost

Old man and the sea.


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We all know Robert Redford too well. We know that, after nearly 50 years on the big screen, Redford the man is not an investigative journalist, a gadabout sidekick or a dark-horse power hitter   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Good Ol’ Freda

She’s leaving home.


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At 17, Freda Kelly was plucked from a typing pool to serve as secretary for what would become the biggest band in the world. Director Ryan White’s documentary Good Ol’ Freda is a charming    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

AP Film Studies: Rip-Off Artists

Heed Turkish Rambo’s battle cry.


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Your favorite movie is a rip-off. Or maybe it’s an homage. Or a reimagining. But, really, it’s a rip-off. And that’s OK.  ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallSome of our greatest cinematic treasu   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AP KRYZA

Two Wheels to Freedom

Wadjda is an extraordinary film, made in a country that bans cinemas.


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Circumstances alone make Wadjda a remarkable film. It’s the first feature shot exclusively in Saudi Arabia, a country where cinemas have been banned since the mid-’80s. Its director is a woman   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Mars Project

This magic moment.


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Khari “Conspiracy” Stewart wouldn’t be the first rapper said to have magic flow. The issue is that Stewart believes his flow really is magic, the psychic and extraplanetary kind, originati   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

AP Film Studies: Oh, the Horror!

Your body is a spoiler.


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Horror fans are perhaps the most rabid moviegoers in the world, and for true believers October is like Christmas. It’s a magical time of year when they can utter a sentence like, “Holy shit,   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AP KRYZA

Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks is America’s troubled conscience.


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It’s easy to forget this while hanging at an average Portland cafe, but America is scary as hell. Especially if you’re a Somali pirate. You probably already know the story behind the new T   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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