Arts & Entertainment

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“Elysium” gives sci-fi twist to immigration, health care

Sci-fi is such a perfect microscope for examining contemporary problems!

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"Conduct of Saints”: conscience, crime, and Catholics in post-Nazi Rome

Emanating from a small publishing house, this novel likely has no five- or six-figure advertising budget, and may escape notice. Make sure your local library gets it.

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“The Gatekeepers”: brutally frank and powerful

If you have any interest at all in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "The Gatekeepers" is essential viewing.

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“World War Z” as World War Proletariat

If you're tired of hearing about zombies...that's probably too bad. America's most popular monster shows no sign of shambling away quietly.

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"Wolverine" sequel is much sharper than the first

The follow-up to the abysmal 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which royally ticked off fans and critics alike, The Wolverine fixed everything that was wrong with the eponymous character's story.

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Cop show reveals the U.S.-Mexico divide

What makes "The Bridge" fascinating is not only its characters, but what is going on behind them.

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“Fruitvale Station”: an American tragedy

Ryan Coogler gives us Fruitvale Station as a symbolic recapitulation of the Stations of the Cross, recounting the last 30-plus hours of Oscar Grant III's life.

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"The Attack": Can a love story explain the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Like many of the best movies ever, the story of Amin, Siham and their friends and family, is only the front part of the film, while the real story is taking place in the background.

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"Liberation Music": Defining an era of protest through jazz

The music is representative of the free style era that bore it, but there is nothing obsolete about this compilation. It illuminate a period when musical expression played an important role in progressive politics.

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Pacific Rim: a great giant monster film!

Del Toro is a master of visual design. The monsters and robots are so full of detail they become characters. The scale is truly immersive and the action is spectacular.

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