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‘Zero Days’ Makes Clear: Innovation in Warfare Is Governed by Short-sightedness

The US, so brilliantly networked, so technologically advanced, is "the most vulnerable nation on earth".

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‘The Daughter of Dawn’ Is a Rare Native American Romance

The Comanches are the bad guys; the Kiowas are the good guys, and love conquers all in this previously lost film from the '20s.

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That’s Keaton, Buster: The Complete Silent Shorts

These 32 shorts are often ingenious and for some reason rely frequently on cross-dressing.

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‘O.J. - Made in America’: Race, TV, and All Kinds of Heartbreak

This film offers a remarkable analysis of US systems of race, media, and justice that to this day seem to be turning more complex and less flexible.

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HRWFF 2016: ‘Starless Dreams’ + ‘The Crossing’

Two films in the 2016 Human Rights Watch Film Festival -- Starless Dreams focused on young girls detained in Iran and The Crossing, following Syrian refugees -- consider the ways that souls might be imprisoned, inside and outside of actual walls.

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Director Opens Up About His Obsessions in Documentary ‘De Palma’

The weirdly touching documentary De Palma is catnip for cinephiles, at least those who haven’t written off its subject, filmmaker and eternal provocateur Brian De Palma.

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‘Tickled’ Looks at Subculture and Companies That Profit From It

Smoothly shot and edited despite its handheld paranoid-thriller style, Tickled was one of the more talked-about premieres at this January’s Sundance Film Festival.

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‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ Avoids the Usual Rock Doc Clichés

Janis Joplin's life and career get the American Masters treatment in a doc that provides useful reminders about her titanic spirit and talent.

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Vice: Season 4, Episode 13 - “State of Surveillance”

The Vice Team interviews the world's most infamous whistleblower, and hears why he's concerned.

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Fantôm Menace: The Films of ‘Fantômas’

One can’t help but feel as though the movements of this romantic and dreamlike world are the work of some whimsical puppet-mastery.

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Documentary ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’ Presents Truths and Fictions

The documentary's remix of the protagonists experiences shapes a trajectory, invites identification with her struggle, presents her as mesmeric, self-aware.

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‘Of Men and War’: ‘I Still Can’t Get Used to the Way I Am’

This documentary respectfully observes the hard work of recovery, as Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans pursue their traumatic memories in order to live with them.

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Art Decadence in ‘L’inhumaine’

Smart, sharp and fashionably ahead of its time, L’inhumaine hangs in an aesthetic balance between the cerebral pretensions of a popular literary novel and the continental-chic of a glamour magazine.

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From Hungary to Hollywood: “The Undesirable”

At just over an hour, a lot happens in this broadly gestured, melodramatic story set in Transylvania.

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‘Almost Holy’: A Controversial Mission to Save Kids in Ukraine

Almost Holy can’t make sense of the perpetual trauma facing kids in Mariupol, Ukraine. But it can show the battle waged against it.

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Why Make a Film About Anthony ‘Weiner’?

For all Weiner's focus on the mayoral campaign, on the media everywhere, and on Anthony Weiner, you're never not thinking of his wife, Huma Abedin.

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Films in ‘Found at Mostly Lost’ Are Mostly Concerned With Avoiding the Police

Tramps, dapper husbands, fake dinosaurs and young William Frawley.

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Cannes 2016: Survivors of Dictatorship Tell Their Stories in ‘Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy’

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's spare but searing documentary gives voice to those who suffered under Habré's regime.

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“To Make the Most of the Moments”: Interview with Filmmaker Suzanne Crocker

Suzanne Crocker and her family spent spend nine months in the bush in a small cabin with no electricity, no running water, and no clocks. She did however, bring a camera.

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016: ‘The Lovers and the Despot’

An unbelievable story anchors The Lovers and the Despot, but a reluctance to frame it in an insightful way cripples it.

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"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, PopMatters seeks submissions about Star Trek, including: the TV series, from The Original Series (TOS) to the highly anticipated 2017 new installment; the films, both the originals and the J.J. Abrams reboot; and ancillary materials such as novelizations, comic books, videogames, etc.

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