July

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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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“The East” probes ultra-left minds in twisted plot

Ellen Page is wonderful in "The East." I've never seen her in a movie when she wasn't wonderful.

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"Winter in the Blood": compelling Native American drama

Winter in the Blood is a compelling, no-holds-barred look the impact of conquest, genocide and displacement

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Student debt crisis: an American horror story

The movie is about a recent college graduate, Kate. Everywhere she goes, her debt follows her, symbolized by a creeping red mist.

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“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”

This radical icon remains full of grace: Bogged down she's not, as she remains ready for the revolution, whatever form it may take.