Arts & Entertainment

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Black-themed films lead Progie nominations

Riding a wave of black-themed films, movies about slavery, apartheid, and police repression dominate this year's nominations for best progressive films.

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"American Hustle" is not a masterpiece, it's just a lot of fun

"American Hustle" isn't an art experience; it isn't a universal story and it won't change your life or your attitude. It's only what movies are made to be: fun.

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"Philomena:" heartbreak, fortitude, and search for closure

It's something of a "buddy movie," one of many where two people with great dissimilarities are teamed together in some common objective over which they have no agreement.

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Start the year with some great labor films

Let me quickly recommend some lesser known labor films worth your attention.

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Top 10 worst sequels and remakes of 2013

Here are ten films that make a compelling case for why Hollywood has come down not only with severe sequelitis, but remake-itis as well.

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Black superheroes forever changed comic books

Adilifu Nama's Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes does a great job of introducing many of today's comic book fans with the history of African Americans in comic books and pop culture generally.

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“1913 Massacre”: Great movie about Michigan tragedy

1913 Massacre is a touching documentary that revisits the tragic events that took place in the copper mining town of Calumet in the northern tip of Michigan on Christmas Eve 1913.

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“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is stunning must-see

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is visually stunning, unfolding professionally within a familiar bio-pic template.

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What does Wonder Woman mean for 2015?

Gal Gadot, a relatively unknown Jewish Israeli actress, has been cast in the role of Wonder Woman. Some are pondering what a female superhero means in modern times.

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"Reaching for the Moon": Love dares speak its name

I really liked this movie, mainly because of its unusual characters based on actual historical figures.

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