Arts & Entertainment

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War and anti-war films at Zürich Film Festival

NGO workers entangled behind the lines of a combat zone during the final days of former Yugoslavia's warfare; Danes embroiled in Afghanistan.

 

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“Black Panther Party: Vanguard of the Revolution” – unfinished business

A stirring montage of film clips, talking heads and still photos of one of the most dramatic movements in modern history.

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Herbert Aptheker biography is political narrative of remarkable man

Murrell paints a vivid, detailed picture of Aptheker's political life and for this he should be commended.

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Lesbian-themed film “Carol” in the era of conformity

This is a slow-moving, deliberately paced character study of lovers whose sexual orientation challenges and threatens the status quo. 

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A book of considerable consequence: "Chasing the Scream"

"Why did the drug war start and why does it continue and what happens if you choose a radically different policy?"

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“The Man Who Knew Infinity”: An infinitely rewarding film

"I found this film to be an infinitely rewarding biopic that showed 'math is an art, not a science.' "

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“Best of Enemies”: New documentary revisits Buckley vs. Vidal

"Best of Enemies" succeeds without being partisan or overbearing. Its subject speaks for itself.

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California rolls in new film “East Side Sushi”

Anthony Lucero's fine film uses the framework of food film to deftly explore class, work, ethnicity, and sexism.

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“Meet the Patels" is about an immigrant marriage mania

Its unidirectional drive makes it too predictable, although viewers will certainly laugh and enjoy themselves.

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“Lincoln for Beginners”: illustrated biography of a gradualist radical

Whole libraries are dedicated to the study of Lincoln; Buhle's synopsis, reflecting all the warts and charm of his subject, might a good place to begin.

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