Opinion

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Progressive cinema: Overview of 2012 Traverse City Film Festival

The Traverse City Film Festival just completed its 8th season with an amazing array of over 200 films screened at seven theaters.

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Movies you might have missed: “Fateless”

The capitalist industrialists of Nazi Germany were instrumental in the political rise and installation of Adolph Hitler as master of Germany.

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Movie audience laughs and cringes at “Killer Joe”

Our matinee audience, nearly a full house, laughed all the way through "Killer Joe," but it was nervous laughter.

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Compelling documentaries: “The First Rasta” and “Marley”

Two films recently released to DVD provide a sweeping opportunity to learn more about Rastafari identity and culture.

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New "Spider-Man" spins a predictable web

For the most part, this new film is how Spider-Man should have been done in the first place. The film is energized and emotive. On the other hand, it's also far from groundbreaking.

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"Cultures of Resistance": Art can be powerful stuff

When we think of "resistance," what mostly comes to mind is guerrilla warfare. But resistance doesn't always involve military operations.

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"The Dark Knight Rises" above expectations

Many will doubt this film's ability to trump the success and artistic integrity of 2008's The Dark Knight (generally considered to be the "Godfather" of superhero films).

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Hollywood hokum conquers all

The films bridged the gap between completely unbelievable and utter nonsense, but they did it with admirable verve and commitment.

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Wonderful tale, stunning performances in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

"Beast of the Southern Wild" is a uniquely special film, unlike anything I have ever seen, with an outstanding cast.

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“The Revolutionary” - an American in China’s Communist Party

This is the story of a civil rights activist and union organizer who became a linguist, went to China after World War II, and joined the Chinese Communist revolution.

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