Arts & Entertainment

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A feast of films from Traverse City Film Festival

Another film feast for discerning viewers of progressive cinema has come to an end; here's the round up.

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"The Butler" brings civil rights era to life

Forest Whitaker Is incapable of anything that isn't stellar. The rest of the cast, basically everybody in Hollywood, Is completely stunning.

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“Elysium” gives sci-fi twist to immigration, health care

Sci-fi is such a perfect microscope for examining contemporary problems!

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“The Gatekeepers”: brutally frank and powerful

If you have any interest at all in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "The Gatekeepers" is essential viewing.

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“World War Z” as World War Proletariat

If you're tired of hearing about zombies...that's probably too bad. America's most popular monster shows no sign of shambling away quietly.

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“Fruitvale Station”: an American tragedy

Ryan Coogler gives us Fruitvale Station as a symbolic recapitulation of the Stations of the Cross, recounting the last 30-plus hours of Oscar Grant III's life.

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"The Attack": Can a love story explain the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Like many of the best movies ever, the story of Amin, Siham and their friends and family, is only the front part of the film, while the real story is taking place in the background.

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“The East” probes ultra-left minds in twisted plot

Ellen Page is wonderful in "The East." I've never seen her in a movie when she wasn't wonderful.

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"Winter in the Blood": compelling Native American drama

Winter in the Blood is a compelling, no-holds-barred look the impact of conquest, genocide and displacement

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“Dormant Beauty:” a searing look at death and politics

The topical Dormant Beauty is about - depending on your point of view - the right to die, or rather, perhaps, the right to life.

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