Arts & Entertainment

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Narratives from the 2015 Toronto Film Festival

As mentioned in a previous column, documentaries are not always more truthful that fiction films.

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Michael Moore’s latest: “Where to Invade Next”

It's been six long years since the humorist provocateur Michael Moore has made a film.

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Globalization and privatization: “Our Brand is Crisis”

Although it uses the Bolivian election and the GCS involvement as the basis for the story, it makes some plot alterations.

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War and anti-war films at Zürich Film Festival

NGO workers entangled behind the lines of a combat zone during the final days of former Yugoslavia's warfare; Danes embroiled in Afghanistan.

 

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“Black Panther Party: Vanguard of the Revolution” – unfinished business

A stirring montage of film clips, talking heads and still photos of one of the most dramatic movements in modern history.

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Lesbian-themed film “Carol” in the era of conformity

This is a slow-moving, deliberately paced character study of lovers whose sexual orientation challenges and threatens the status quo. 

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“Meet the Patels" is about an immigrant marriage mania

Its unidirectional drive makes it too predictable, although viewers will certainly laugh and enjoy themselves.

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"Who is Gil Scott-Heron?" is tribute to late poet-musician

A new film is being screened in select cities this summer that focuses on the life of the late poet-musician, Gil Scott-Heron.

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“Ricki and the Flash”: blinded by the light

The cast tried so hard. But the jokes were tortured and the warmth didn't reach room temperature.

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Marlon rides again: Hey Brando!

Stevan Riley's great new documentary "Listen to Me Marlon"  is a must-see for viewers interested in film/theater history, the art of acting, celebrity activism, and Brando the man and artist.

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