Arts & Entertainment

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“Marguerite”: Bad singer, great movie

Marguerite is an exquisite film tribute to the strange, wonderful spirit of would be diva Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Sex, rock ‘n’ roll, and baseball: Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!”

Amidst the drink, drugs, sex, rock 'n' roll and baseball are funny sight gags, revealing a slapstick sensibility.

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“The Brainwashing of My Dad”: Rightwing agitprop’s cult-like effects

Senko's 90-minute documentary explores the techniques of and effects rightwing media has on listeners/viewers/readers.

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“Film” and “Notfilm": Playwright Samuel Beckett meets Buster Keaton

On the face of it, a collaboration between Beckett and Buster Keaton sounds like an unlikely alliance of artists. 

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“Batman v Superman”: It’s hero vs. hero, but the audience loses

This film is the cinematic equivalent of a child slamming two plastic toy dinosaurs into one another.

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Open letter to Motion Picture Academy, L.A. Women’s Theater Festival

"Dear Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, you have come under intense criticism for Cloroxing this year's Oscars..."

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Last tango in Kabul? “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and the embedded reporter

"Tango" perpetuates that age-old Hollywood tradition of setting stories in the "exotic" Third World.

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Political thriller with music about Japanese HIV scandal impresses L.A.

Fast moving, eye-catching, colorful, deeply affecting, cathartic, and redemptive.

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Progies honor transsexuals, feminists, card-carrying Communists and more in film

The Progies honor films that stand up for human, worker, and women's rights, gay rights, minority rights, peace, the environment, and against fascism.

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This week in history: Hattie McDaniel, first African American Oscar winner

On February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award.

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