Opinion

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Does ‘Avatar’ deal with U.S. role in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The world premiere of James Cameron's new movie "Avatar" is being called brilliant and unlike anything ever seen before that satisfies all the hype.

 

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‘Precious’ is outstanding — and controversial

Film producer and promoter Lee Daniels returned to the director's chair, after his 2005 film effort, "Shadowboxer," by taking the book by Sapphire, called "Push" and making an outstanding film: "Precious."

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Few happy endings, but much food for thought

From troubled teens to murders in a maquiladora town, new films reflect the growing pressures of surviving in today's economic climate.

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Yip Harburg, ‘Wizard of Oz’ songwriter & socialist

There is much to be told about the message of the holiday classic, "Wizard of Oz," beginning with its Oscar-winning lyricist Edgar Yipsel Harburg.

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Religion rocked?

Is 2009 the year for questioning religion? My movie buddy and I, still full of questions from having seen "Religulous" earlier this year, saw "The Invention of Lying" and "A Serious Man" in early October.

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‘Good Hair’: About us but not for us

Documentary films are often powerful in doing what typical mainstream media outfits can't: accidentally reveal truths.

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‘This Is It’ Michael Jackson’s final performance

My family had planned a movie day and it was a big debate between me, my husband and three sons about which movie we would see.

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More thoughts about Michael Moore’s ‘Capitalism’

Moore is the closest thing we have to a contemporary Tom Paine.

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Powerful films progressives will want to see

Stunning, engrossing, loaded with political awareness, new films deal with compelling topics, from Daniel Ellsberg to Darwin, from Nanking to Haiti, from New York garment workers to the London subway bombings.

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‘District 9’ — profoundly racist

What D. W. Griffiths did to U.S. history in his technically magnificent but thematically racist "Birth of a Nation," Neill Blomkamp does to Africa in the profoundly racist "District 9."

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