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Is A.I. the New Other?

Aliens and robots are swapping seats as filmic sci-fi reformulates its visions of the foreign and the familiar.

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Gasparilla Film Fest: Interview With ‘Burn Your Maps’ Director Jordan Roberts

A conversation on "burning maps" during the creation process, racial and sexual identity, cultural appropriation, and of course, movies.

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Still Living Dangerously After All These Years

As autocratic leaders slowly take over the First World, popular representations of a Third World coup take on renewed significance.

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‘La La Land’ Is a Delightful Return to Mise en Scène Cinema

The melancholy in this film's musical sequences serves as commentary on cinema’s bygone capacity to produce a unique kind of magic.

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There Never Was an Academy Awards Battle Between ‘La La Land’ and ‘Moonlight’

It's important to recognize storytelling that gives voice to the voiceless. The Oscars, however, are not that important.

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‘Groundhog Day’ and Iterations Toward a Theory of the (Third) Wheel: Or, Larry the Cameraman

No matter what the actor Phil Connors (Bill Murray) does, it's the cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) who holds the power to make or break him.

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Dogs, Dialectics, and Academy Awards

Controversies involving A Dog's Purpose, The Birth of a Nation, and Last Tango in Paris reveal that access to more offscreen information can lead to greater accountability.

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A Linguistics Revolution: ‘Arrival’ and the Politics of Language

After watching Arrival, the sci-fi technology we think about is not possible developments in the future, but rather, one of our most intimate and fundamental technologies: the technology of language.

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‘Arrival’ and the Lost in Translation

Arrival reveals how it often takes something totally unexpected -- something alien to us -- to make us realize that we don't always know what we think we know about ourselves.

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Art Transforms in Brad Bird’s Pop Americana Film, ‘The Iron Giant’

This film takes a revisionist approach to forms of American popular culture and mythology -- the Atomic Age, comic books, sci-fi, mid-century design -- and depicts a fierce battle between orthodoxy and individual vision.

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John Huston and Truman Capote’s Bizarre Confection, ‘Beat the Devil’

Beat the Devil, playing at the Film Forum, is so tongue-in-cheek that it would seem to have caused disfiguration.

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Ben Foster: The Strange, Exhilarating Prince of the Sacrificial Lamb Role

Foster has provided the most valuable service a co-star can to actors like Chris Pine, Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg: He’s made these leading men and their hard jawlines interesting.

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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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From Hot Rods to Heartbreak: Bruce Springsteen and ‘Baby It’s You’

Baby It’s You pushes past high school’s safe spaces to confront the audience with an imperfect world.

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‘The Watermelon Woman’, or, Whatever Happened to New Queer Cinema?

A disturbing trend is arising; if you want your film to be nominated for the Academy Awards, it cannot potentially offend the sensibilities of the most narrow-minded “gay friendly” viewer.

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‘Split’ the Difference: An Interview With Actor Betty Buckley

The Tony-winning actress is the emotional center of M. Night Shyamalan's new film Split, and like the movie, there's more beneath the surface.

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Hardline Feminism and Unfettered Capitalism in the Action-Masala, ‘Mannan’

How does a beautiful young corporate bigwig control a rambunctiously charismatic Alpha-male trade unionist?

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Miyazaki’s Haunted Utopia: The Ghost of Modernity in ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’

This is not truly a witch’s story, but a ghost story of modernity.

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Curtis Hanson’s Sunny, Sinister ‘L.A. Confidential’

The late director's sprawling adaptation remains the ultimate tabloid film noir.

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A Minute to Breathe: Interview With Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

"The last thing I wanted to do was make a song that was preachy about climate change," says Reznor, who with Ross tackles the world's biggest issues on their own terms.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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