Arts & Entertainment

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New book celebrates the centennial of jazz great Billy Strayhorn

"Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life" is a welcome addition for anyone interested in jazz, civil rights, or photography.

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Rampling and Courtenay: The past preserved haunts the present in “45 Years”

Andrew Haigh's film is a profoundly stirring one about a longtime married couple poignantly portrayed by two cinema greats.

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Leith: weaponized Aryans on film in North Dakota

Neo-Nazis insinuate their way into the tiny town of Leith, pitting the hardcore reactionaries against the population of ordinary townsfolk and their allies.

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“Mediterranea": Europe’s embattled migrants on film

"Mediterranea" succeeds in putting the stateless, the homeless, and the wretched of the Earth in the limelight they deserve.

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New book offers no optimism for a free Puerto Rico

Nelson A. Denis looks not at earlier colonial history, but rather measures taken to subdue Nationalists before and after their 1950 uprising.

 

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General Nat Turner, the Black Spartacus in a new play

It does not do Turner and his courageous followers justice, but it may be worth seeing for those who know little about one of the most electrifying moments in American history.

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“Moby-Dick”: Melville’s masterpiece gets an operatic treatment

Although it has some fishy alterations, this is a mind-blowing production.

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“99 Homes” : shelter skelter

Writer Director Ramin Bahrani has effectively recast hell as the foreclosure real estate market.

 

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“Scott and Hem”: An imagined second act of the crack up

Mark St. Germain's "Scott and Hem" imagines a 1937 F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway meetup in Hollywood.

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The world as seen in films from Toronto

The small country of Bangladesh, the poorest nation in Asia, is the location for a couple of interesting films shown at TIFF.

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