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Jazz, Loss, and Understanding in ‘I Called Him Morgan’

While exposing the fragments and fault lines of memories, I Called Him Morgan tells the stories of Helen and Lee Morgan. It's also a story of storytelling.

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Being on TV Can Be Scary: Satire, Bassem Youssef and Jon Stewart on ‘Tickling Giants’

Daily Show producer Sara Taksler submits that comedy is a good way to reach supporters. But viewers can also be divided by fear.

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SXSW 2017: Ferguson Documentary’s New Footage Sparks Debate

Even before the start of the screening and world premiere of Stranger Fruit, the documentary about the shooting of Michael Brown, the room was charged with emotion.

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On Political, Religious, and Business Interests in The West Bank: ‘The Settlers’

The Settlers is a poignant documentary focused on the Israeli Settler Movement in the West Bank and the multiple forces perpetuating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Live Recaps Six Seasons of Westerosian History at Madison Square Garden

Game of Thrones epic live concert experience featuring Ramin Djawadi's powerful score also serves as a two hour "previously on..." catch-up for the upcoming seventh season.

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‘Girls’: An Engrossing “American Bitch” Just Misses Transcending Its Sitcom Medium

In "American Bitch", the novelistic approach squares up against polarized argumentation.

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‘Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes’ Is Supposed to be Hypnotic

The Reflektor Tapes is 66 minutes long but feels like three hours of pretension. The bonus concert film Live at Earl's Court is nearly two hours long but breezes by.

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‘Heart of a Dog’: The Sublime Journey of Lolabelle

Laurie Anderson's story of her rat terrier features moments of clever emotional connection.

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Pontificating Drama: The Glory and Absurdity of HBO’s ‘The Young Pope’

HBO's The Young Pope is a fascinating and ambitious filmic endeavor that's remarkably unpredictable, conceited, and foreign to the North American eye.

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The Cool Cats of Istanbul: ‘Kedi’

Beautifully framed images of humans interacting with stray cats tell stories of hope and survival in Istanbul.

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Westworld’s “Trompe L’Oeil” Is a Placeholder Episode With a Jaw-Dropping Twist

Mid-season, Westworld may be marking time, but shocks and reversals still abound.

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Conscience of Congress John Lewis Hopes You’ll ‘Get in the Way’ of Things

Lewis’s lifelong philosophy on civil disobedience is admirable and urgent. Interview with Get in the Way Director, Kathleen Dowdey.

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‘Oklahoma City’ Shows That Timothy McVeigh’s Terrorism Has Contemporary Reach

Oklahoma City documents the complex events and individuals that lead to America's largest domestic terrorist attack.

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Maeve Ascends as More ‘Westworld’ Secrets are Revealed in “The Adversary”

Despite the ubiquity of corporate intrigue and maze imagery, "The Adversary" delivers another fascinating episode.

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’, in Wide Release Today, Is Endlessly Relevant and Particularly Urgent

As this documentary presents James Baldwin's resistance, we might now take heart in it and also borrow from it.

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‘O.J. - Made in America’: Race, TV, and New Normals

As we work to understand the current climate of post-truths and "alternative facts", we might all do well to think again about particular historical moments.

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‘Westworld’s “Contrapasso” Episode Suggests Dehumanization and Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell

The narrative pivots and complicates the reality of Westworld in "Contrapasso". The show is about the most HBO-ized episode of an HBO drama ever produced.

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Sundance 2017: ‘Whose Streets?’ + ‘Dayveon’

On opening night at the Sundance Film Festival, two films raised questions about how black Americans' experiences can be more effectively shared and understood.

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Memory Drawings in Film and Print: ‘Seth’s Dominion’

Seth’s Dominion offers a full picture of an exciting artist brimming with imagination, and with a great deal more to create.

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‘The Sopranos’: Mythologizing the Gangster Genre

From The Public Enemy through to Scorsese, the Sopranos family knows how to pick a bad example to follow.

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'Steep' Loves Its Mountains

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"SSX wanted you to fight its mountains, Steep wants you to love its mountains.

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