Arts & Entertainment

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Prisons and prisoners: Four new films show the punishment never ends

Prisons are a popular subject for films nowadays, not surprising since more and more people are living behind bars -- 2.4 million in the United States.

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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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“Batman v Superman”: It’s hero vs. hero, but the audience loses

This film is the cinematic equivalent of a child slamming two plastic toy dinosaurs into one another.

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Last tango in Kabul? “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and the embedded reporter

"Tango" perpetuates that age-old Hollywood tradition of setting stories in the "exotic" Third World.

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“Race” and “Risen”: Two films, two very different kinds of hero

What does it mean to be a hero? What can we learn from our heroes? How shall we treat them? 

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"Requiem for the American Dream": Wake-up call!

Noam Chomsky's new film is a clear-eyed, easily accessible outline of how and why American idealism has been sabotaged. 

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Inextricable bond between shepherd and flock: A modern Icelandic tragicomic film

Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson has a small hit on his hands in his new film "Rams," starring two of his country's leading stage actors.

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“Aferim!”: The wild, wild East in film

It has a number of genre conventions of the Western, though one could argue that the Romanian-set film should be called an "Eastern."

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