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31 May 2011 // 10:30 AM

Blog book shows softer side of caustic Chinese artist

BEIJING — Before his rants about corruption made him persona non grata with the Communist Party, before he started agitating for the rights of children and

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Killing Osama bin Laden and David Mamet’s Special Ops Drama, ‘The Unit’

Viewing the world through a haze of vaguely remembered TV shows, tough-guy dialogue and TV jingles, the news about Osama bin Laden’s death quickly turned thoughts to The Unit, the TV series created by once-great writer David Mamet.

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‘Jews and Baseball’: Setting the Record Straight

Jewish sportsmen may be the butt of jokes, from the "Famous Jewish Athletes" leaflet in Airplane! to Jon Stewart's quips, but the quintessential American sport has been home to many Jewish players since its earliest days.

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What Really Happens When You Get ‘Lucky’?

Director Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound) explores the lives of lottery winners (odds: 1 in 200 million) while looking at Americans' fascination with playing the lottery.

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‘Plastic Planet’: We Are Plastic, It’s Not Fantastic

Filmmaker Werner Boote wonders, "Am I the only one who cares about plastic?" and embarks on a worldwide mission to expose the dangers of the one element that defines our lives.

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The Terrible Beauty of ‘The Cove’

The Cove attacks the slaughtering of dolphins in Japan while reminding us just how impressive these creatures can be.

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Betty Boop and Bimbo Get Into a Sexual Tangle in ‘Barnacle Bill’

The Fleischer Studios' Betty Boop cartoon Barnacle Bill embraces the pleasures of the perpetrator far more than the fate of the victim, where a cute cartoon pup gets to be a sexual predator and stoke our prurient interest in the 'joy of punishment'.

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‘Inside Job’ Is a Call to Arms

Treated almost like a crime story, Inside Job unveils a sordid world of the prosperous elite who take an almost unseemly pleasure in living lives of unscrupulous lavishness, with no regard to whom they harm.

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‘Whatever Happened to Pink Floyd?’ Is a Good Documentary, but Whatever Happened to the DVD?

This is a solid documentary that does a good job of exhaustively covering its main topic. It's a shame, though, that the DVD doesn't include more bonus features, especially the promised but non-existent extended interviews.

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Hangin’ with the New Bolivarians in Oliver Stone’s ‘South of the Border’

Oliver Stone has chosen to channel his 'radical' political leanings into his documentaries, and this film would seem to bear that out.

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‘Kings of Pastry’ Is Certainly Drool-worthy, but It Leaves You Wanting More

This documentary might make you run to your nearest bakery, because although it provides little more than satisfying food porn, that’s enough to make it worth watching.

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‘Restrepo’ Airing on National Geographic Channel Tonight

The Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo airs on National Geographic Channel at 8pm ET, 2 February.

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‘The English Is Coming!’ A Different Form of Global Domination

Robots! Bikinis! Language definitely influences society and culture; here is a glimpse into certain English terms that have made their mark on the world.

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Chinese Cinema Through a Communist Lens

Facets two-DVD package, Chinese Cinema Through a Communist Len, provides potent, if minimal, representations of an era of Chinese filmmaking rarely seen in the US.

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Paul Robeson: A Resonant Voice That Will Never Be Fully Silenced

Modern day 'political' celebrities can't hold a candle to Paul Robeson, who always flaunted his politics even when it was perhaps most dangerous to do so.

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‘Dreaming in Hindi’: Total Immersion, or Panicked Submersion?

Even at 45, Rich must defend her reputation. As she filters it through what would have been her acquired Hindi: “I have not been bringing men up to my room. I have not been throwing condoms onto people’s roofs.”

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‘You Really Got Me’ Really, Really Got to Me

This utterly abominable hatchet job makes an unforgivable hash of one of the great bands of the British Invasion.

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14 Jun 2010 // 10:00 PM

‘Collapse’: The End Is Near

Frightening us with a nastier, more direct approach than Al Gore or Michael Moore, Ruppert makes no excuses for his bleak take on today's world.

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Life: A Simple Story About Sex and Food

Sumptuously filmed, gorgeously executed, and groundbreaking in technique and motivation, Life must be one of the great film accomplishments of the decade.

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2 Jun 2010 // 7:30 AM

The humble pixel, millions of which we see everyday and take for granted, finally gets it’s due in the form of a fascinating short

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"When episode six opens to find Elliot in terror and panic, it is soon confirmed that he should be.

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