Arts & Entertainment

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"The Wolf of Wall Street": "Mean Streets" director does "Ugly Street"

It's an ugly, unforgivable movie of shameful practices and sociopathic tendencies. How else, of course, would you make a movie about Wall Street finance?

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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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“Negro Comrades of the Crown” should be required reading

Horne focuses on the reactionary nature of U.S. slavery and racism, and demonstrates the vanguard role of African Americans in the struggle for freedom.

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“Opposing Jim Crow”: How African Americans helped shape Soviet antiracism

"Opposing Jim Crow: African Americans and the Soviet Indictment of U.S. Racism, 1928-1937" critically investigates what she calls "Soviet antiracism."

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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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American Latino Museum could be “beacon for the planet”

The Smithsonian National American Latino Museum, already 20 years in the planning, will be a reality some day, but no one can say when.

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Six shows with substance coming to television

The recent qualitative drop in Hollywood films has left a "creativity vaccuum," which is now being filled on the small screen.

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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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