Arts & Entertainment

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New documentaries in Toronto

Documentaries at the Toronto International Film Festival come from all corners of the globe, covering a wide range of subjects, and many are of interest to the progressive community.

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Review: Smiling through the Apocalypse, Esquire in the 60s

Esquire editor Harold Hayes was arguably to magazines what famous literary editor Maxwell Perkins (editor for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe) was to novels.

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"The Liberator" generates some thinking

My movie buddy went to see "Gone Girl" with her book club, so I recruited a professor friend of mine to see "The Liberator" with.

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Film review: "Love is Strange"

Put seasoned actors like John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei together in a film, and guaranteed there'll be a certain amount of movie magic.

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"Wetlands” movie review: Exploring secretions and inner selves

Was I watching something with themes that applied to a swath of a generation of young people who can't bear their lives and see no hope of effecting change?

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A look back on the life of Richard Attenborough

Another side of one of Britain's best known actors, film directors and producers who was true to his socialist principles and who supported so many good and progressive causes.

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"Boyhood," in a land of opportunity they don't make it easy

Writer and director Richard Linklater's latest release had an intriguing gestation, filmed in and around Houston over a twelve-year timeframe from 2002 to 2013.

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"Life Itself": A Roger Ebert biopic

Having conducted an extraordinarily unpredictable life, reviewing some 6000 films, Ebert lived his own movie.

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Remembering Robin Williams: the laughter, compassion, and humanity

Williams, hardly "selfish" or "cowardly," gave back to the people via his career-spanning progressive activism.

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For Whom the Whistle Blows: “The Kill Team”

This documentary's real target market are those young impressionable people who have bought into the madness of Washington's endless imperial misadventures. 

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