Opinion

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Films provoke disturbing image: ‘world war’ against women

With the spectacular response of the movie "Precious," this might be the moment that some movies are sending urgent messages to us about a "world war" against women.

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New vampire film takes a bite out of capitalism

Having premiered at the 34th Annual Toronto Inter-national Film Festival on September 11, 2009, but seeing its wide theatrical debut on January 8, 2010 (I caught it yesterday in Chicago), "Daybreakers" is a thinking man's vampire film.

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Movie review: Avatar is a winner

We arrived early to get seats for Avatar, because it's been breaking box-office records and we didn't want to have to sit in the front row.

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George Clooney and we go flying

George Clooney and "Up In The Air" may leave you dangling, with a lot  to talk about.

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Does ‘Avatar’ deal with U.S. role in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The world premiere of James Cameron's new movie "Avatar" is being called brilliant and unlike anything ever seen before that satisfies all the hype.

 

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‘Precious’ is outstanding — and controversial

Film producer and promoter Lee Daniels returned to the director's chair, after his 2005 film effort, "Shadowboxer," by taking the book by Sapphire, called "Push" and making an outstanding film: "Precious."

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Few happy endings, but much food for thought

From troubled teens to murders in a maquiladora town, new films reflect the growing pressures of surviving in today's economic climate.

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Yip Harburg, ‘Wizard of Oz’ songwriter & socialist

There is much to be told about the message of the holiday classic, "Wizard of Oz," beginning with its Oscar-winning lyricist Edgar Yipsel Harburg.

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Religion rocked?

Is 2009 the year for questioning religion? My movie buddy and I, still full of questions from having seen "Religulous" earlier this year, saw "The Invention of Lying" and "A Serious Man" in early October.

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‘Good Hair’: About us but not for us

Documentary films are often powerful in doing what typical mainstream media outfits can't: accidentally reveal truths.

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