One of the great things about the theater is that it can dramatize history, and the people who make it and shake it.
The longest-running competitive film festival in America is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.
The Soviet Union was obsessed with two sports: hockey and chess. For decades, they held the championship in both arenas. Two new films bring back memories of those days.
People in the West rarely get to see films from North Korea, let alone Cuba or Vietnam. Film festivals are often the only source for cinema from the "forbidden" Communist countries.
Director Tamara Erde investigated both the Israeli and Palestinian public school systems, with access to teachers, students and administrators on both sides of the Wall.
Documentaries at the Toronto International Film Festival come from all corners of the globe, covering a wide range of subjects, and many are of interest to the progressive community.
My movie buddy went to see "Gone Girl" with her book club, so I recruited a professor friend of mine to see "The Liberator" with.
Put seasoned actors like John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei together in a film, and guaranteed there'll be a certain amount of movie magic.
Was I watching something with themes that applied to a swath of a generation of young people who can't bear their lives and see no hope of effecting change?
This documentary's real target market are those young impressionable people who have bought into the madness of Washington's endless imperial misadventures.