Arts & Entertainment

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Finding humor in strange places: New films at Tribeca

Are we preoccupied with determining what's funny, and when and where it's appropriate to laugh?

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New releases: Elvis, Dick, Nina and the King of Saudi Arabia

Some of the films shown at New York's Tribeca Film Festival are receiving immediate theatrical release. Here's what to check out.

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Tribeca Film Festival in its 15th year of provocative cinema

Once again the Tribeca Film Festival offers a wide array of thought-provoking cinema. 

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Stunning theatre about super-exploited restaurant workers

Molina keeps the rapid-fire, crackerjack dialogue calibrated to his split-second timing, recreating the hustle of a busy restaurant that diners never imagine.

 

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“Louder Than Bombs”: Family dysfunction mirrors a chaotic world

"If you listen carefully, the subtle sounds and nuances of family life can be louder than the more obvious thunder of bombs."

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The Cold War takes its toll on "The Americans"

Fictional traitor Nina has appeared this season in haunting vignettes where her dreams of being rescued are dashed by cold reality.

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Sketches of pain: Miles high

Despite onscreen flashes of genius, this vile, violent depiction of Davis feeds into the worst stereotypes white racists have about African-American people.

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Dinner, deaths, and fetishism of the dollar in new L.A. comedy

Her play is loosely based on the Bernard Madoff scandal, the former stockbroker and investment adviser who thrived in the roaring George W. years until the bubble burst in 2008.

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"Eye in the Sky": an eye for an eye

The contrast between board rooms and slums reminds us that when geopolitica imbalance reaches a certain level, life and death decisions can be made as easily in one venue as another.

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A desire to change the world: Author Gary Murrell on Herbert Aptheker

During the height of the "Red Scare," Aptheker was considered by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as the "most dangerous communist in the United States."

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