Arts & Entertainment

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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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"Wolverine" sequel is much sharper than the first

The follow-up to the abysmal 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which royally ticked off fans and critics alike, The Wolverine fixed everything that was wrong with the eponymous character's story.

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Pacific Rim: a great giant monster film!

Del Toro is a master of visual design. The monsters and robots are so full of detail they become characters. The scale is truly immersive and the action is spectacular.

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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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Student debt crisis: an American horror story

The movie is about a recent college graduate, Kate. Everywhere she goes, her debt follows her, symbolized by a creeping red mist.

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“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”

This radical icon remains full of grace: Bogged down she's not, as she remains ready for the revolution, whatever form it may take.

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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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Tricky Dick rides again in “Our Nixon”

Our Nixon, shown at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, is a compilation film by Penny Lane about the only U.S. president who resigned and left office in disgrace.

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