Arts & Entertainment


“Billy Elliot”: Broadway musical meets proletarian drama

Combines a commercial, crowd-pleasing form of expression that also roots the characters and plot firmly in class conflict and consciousness.


"Afonya": a movie you might have missed

The "Afonya" story remains relatable and enjoyable today as well as being an interesting glimpse into the ups and downs of the Soviet experiment.


Nursing home workers write their stories with “Loving Hands”

"With Our Loving Hands: 1199 NE Nursing Home Workers Tell their Story" is an unusual book for several reasons.


“From Spring to Summer”: A movie you might have missed

The Korean people suffered mightily under the cruel occupation of imperialist Japan. That sad reality is brought to life in this well constructed war picture.


“Selma” will inspire you

A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery.


“Blackhat”: The thinker’s thriller

Director Mann has made the tried and true thriller genre timely and cutting edge, as well as sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat exciting.


Hello to Godard’s latest film, “Goodbye to Language”

To paraphrase TV's 1960s sci-fi series "The Outer Limits," there is nothing wrong with your screen. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.


"Little Big Man": A movie you might have missed

The film put an end to the portrayal of the settling of the West as a bugle-blowing heroic exercise of taming the savage inhabitants.


From neo-realism to neo-liberalism: “Two Days, One Night”

The word "depression" indicates a downturn, and can refer to psychological or economic dimensions. 


"The Imitation Game": Binary consciousness at many levels

The enthralling story of an inspired, harassed and troubled genius, British mathematician Alan Turing and his conquest of the "unbreakable" Nazi "Enigma" code.

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