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‘Spotlight’ Casts Its Gaze on Scandals Exposed and Stories Untold

In pursuing the story of abuse in the Catholic Church, Spotlight is much like other films that celebrate journalists and the 14th Amendment.

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The Waiting Was the Hardest Part: Warren Zanes on Rock Icon Tom Petty

Tom Petty biographer and respected musician Warren Zanes speaks on heroin headlines, playlist gems, and playing the long game in rock music.

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It Looks Like Most Rock Docs and Feels Like Most Rock Docs—It’s ‘I Am Thor’

He’s a tank that keeps on plowing through the fields in the face of opposing forces, and it’s somehow admirable and inspirational that he hasn’t given up.

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Does Michael Jackson’s Work Contain the Stuff of Genius?

Steve Knopper’s highly readable biography MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson lays out a credible case for Jackson to be considered along those lofty lines, and not simply as a supreme entertainer.

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‘Difret’ Is the Story of Many Represented by the Story of One

Executive produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt, Difret is not one woman's story. Instead, it focuses on people cooperating across generations and classes to resist injustice against women.

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‘The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray’ Boldly Goes Where No Reasoning Mortal Has Gone Before

Robert Schnakenberg provides a humorous string of golden informational nuggets about the existence and philosophy of one of the world’s least understood and most fascinating weirdos.

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‘Impromptu’ Is Light on Coherence, Heavy on Scandal

It's not that this film is bad, but the witty dialogue, solid acting, and lovely camerawork can't make up for it's tonal confusion or pacing.

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DOC NYC 2015: ‘Left on Purpose’ + ‘Missing People’

These two films at DOC NYC look at loss and memory, trauma and generosity.

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‘Neil Young: American Traveller’ Annotates Young’s Musical Map

Martin Halliwell takes obvious joy in exploring Neil Young's famous wanderlust, and illustrates the sometimes complicated relationship between musician and landscape.

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What’s the Plural of Roland Barthes?

Andy Stafford offers readers this overwhelmingly funny and delightfully obvious argument: Roland Barthes was not a Barthesian.

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‘Romeo is Bleeding’ Makes Art Out of Trauma

Romeo is Bleeding makes clear that life in Richmond, California is dire, that options are limited. However, life here also produces poetry.

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‘Petty: The Biography’ Is the Weakest of Warren Zanes’ Work

Warren Zanes utilizes half his talent in this biography, and delivers weak Tom Petty tea to starving masses of fans.

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In ‘Truth’, Melodrama Becomes Her

Truth presents Peabody Award-winning journalist Mary Mapes as courageous and smart, but she's also the central figure in an awfully conventional melodrama.

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“Southpaw’s” Punches Are Too Predictable

Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is the only shining light in a film that relies too heavily on clichés.

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‘Steve Jobs’ Is Really the Story of a Father and Daughter

In Danny Boyle's film, Steve Jobs sees himself in his daughter Lisa, yet he can't fathom the damage he embodies or the crises he creates in that relationship -- or the imagination he so profoundly lacks.

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There’s a Lot of Fiction Going on in ‘Bridge of Spies’

This case is based on fictions, on agreements that multiple governments are spying on one another, crafting and selling secrets, trading in human beings, and profiting from military-corporate-ever-unofficial deals.

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The Banality of Evil in ‘Experimenter’

Michael Almereyda’s knotty, intellectually playful film about Stanley Milgram’s chilling 1961 experiments asks why so many people seemed so unwilling to accept his conclusions.

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Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson Is ‘Comin’ Right at Ya’

A six-foot-seven-inch self-proclaimed Jewish hippie from Philly starts a Western swing band at a most inopportune time -- and lives to tell the tale.

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‘Hemingway in Love’ Is Engaging and Harrowing Storytelling

The story of the final years of Hemingway’s life have never been told with such eloquence and compassion.

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In ‘Freeheld’, As in Life, It Takes Chutzpah to Challenge Convention

Freehold cuts between private melodrama and public demonstration, not quite trusting the audience to grasp the everyday struggles facing lesbians in America.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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