Arts & Entertainment

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Top ten films from 2012 progressives should see

Of course, there are many more than ten, but we should start somewhere.

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Profit takers reimagined as nation makers

The recent The Men Who Built America, was constructed upon the premise that a handful of wealthy, powerful men determined the course of the nation.

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Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is for the ages

I doubted Spielberg's ability to pull off the dynamics and nuances of our 16th president and the times he lived in, yet, he did. "Lincoln" is his masterpiece

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Skyfall: powerful entry in James Bond series

Bond endures, and as much as one can credit the simple virtues of a well-conceived fantasy figure, it's also due to producers who felt they owed the character a fresh approach.

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Surrogate Socialism: The Sessions

The Biblical story of Eden is a tale of claiming the freedom to make our own decisions in life, of taking action that rebels against the established order.

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Some assembly required for "Seven Psychopaths"

Even though it's technically British, it's got two American union bugs in the last frame: IATSE and Teamsters.

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"All Together": Getting old in new France

The vaguely socialistic title references "The New Communards," consisting of a crack ensemble cast of two actresses well known to American audiences.

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“Last White Knight:” Is reconciliation possible in Mississippi?

"It's quite easy to move beyond prejudice if you invite people into looking within themselves."

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"Looper" is a neo-noir mind bender done right

Despite the current influx of "all form and no content" movies, it seems that, once or twice a year, a cerebral sci-fi film comes along, bursting with originality and innovation. This year brought us "Looper."

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“The Master” is a deep one

There are a lot of good reasons to see "The Master," but none of them have to do with diversion or entertainment.

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