Opinion

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Oscars hid shameful side of "The Artist"

"The Artist" opens with a shameful and blatant episode of anti-Soviet and anti-Russian propaganda that has no place in advancing the plot of the film.

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Movies you might have missed: "The Intruder"

A 30-year-old William Shatner presents a  convincing composite of a hatemonger: the consummate con man, full of easy charm and courtly manners that he uses to ingratiate himself with unsuspecting locals

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“A Separation”: revelatory film about life in contemporary Iran

The movie deserves its Oscar buzz as best foreign film. As with any good artistic experience, moviegoers are transformed as they watch.

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Movies you might have missed: "Thieves' Highway"

One noir film that dealt with explicitly working-class issues was Thieves' Highway (1949) starring Richard Conte in perhaps his finest role.

Documentary shows a "different" side of Fidel

Oliver Stone interviews Fidel Castro on a wide range of issues.

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What the Oscars ignore: Progies spotlight films you should see

Progie nominees contain a wealth of progressive content and contain many suggestions for progressives viewers to watch ... if you can find the films at your local theater, on TV or anywhere in the U.S.!

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Movies you might have missed: "Mondays in the Sun"

Despite the often-depressing vignettes of the characters' plight, the story is ultimately one of the pride and dignity of the working class.

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Movies you might have missed: "I Am Twenty"

Soviet filmmakers were often criticized in the West for producing stories sneeringly termed "boy gets tractor, meets girl."

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New film from China on the horrors of the "Rape of Nanking"

What the Japanese militarists did to China is a story that every Chinese person knows well, but, I think, not so much in the West.

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Spielberg's "War Horse" is terrific, moving epic

 "War Horse" is simply a terrific war movie that makes its statements graphically and through sensitive portrayals, whether in actual battle scenes or not.

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