April

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"The Galapagos Affair, Satan Came to Eden" film review

The atavistic impulse to "get away from it all" and "return to nature" has been a literary theme since Robinson Crusoe and the Swiss Family Robinson cast away on desert islands.

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"Alphaville" totalitarian fears still relevant decades later

Almost 50 years later, the prescient Godard's sci fi classic takes on a whole new dimension as a parable of the NSA national security surveillance state.

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"The Quiet Ones" is drama dressed up as horror

Though perhaps arbitrarily unique among its peers, "The Quiet Ones" will likely still get lumped in with the other PG-13 contemporaries and forgotten soon enough.

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A Coffin in Egypt, Texas

The latest by American composer Ricky Ian Gordon, among the freshest voices in music today.Von Stade plays the 90 year-old Myrtle Bledsoe, lone survivor at her family homestead in Egypt, Texas.

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"Cesar's Last Fast": The last shall be first

Jesus may have had a Last Supper but Cesar Chavez had a Final Fast.

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In Gasland Part ll, Josh Fox continues to expose the destructive effects of fracking

Beginning from where his first award winning Gasland left off, Fox's worse nightmare has come true as his childhood house in a sleepy Pennsylvania forest has been surrounded by gas drilling rigs.

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March movies that came in like a lamb, went out like a lamb

I was eager to see "The Grand Budapest Hotel" because its creator has done such fine whimsical works before. Both of them raised whimsy to an art form, and so does this latest work.

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Captain America sequel hits all the right buttons

Weaved throughout the storyline are critiques of NSA surveillance and data-mining, the assassination of U.S. citizens without due process, and drone strikes.

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"Floyd Collins": heaps of social commentary on musical stage

One day in late January 1925, while searching out a new entrance to the underground,Floyd Collins  fell into a narrow crawlway, got trapped there, and ultimately died of starvation and exposure on Friday, February 13.

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"The Unknown Known" grills Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq war snow job

The film focuses on Rumsfeld's return to that post of defense secretary during George W. Bush's disastrous presidency at the behest of his longtime crony, Dick Cheney.