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Independent Lens: Crips & Bloods: Made in America

In Crips & Bloods: Made in America, airing as part of Independent Lens, Kumasi's memories of rejection and resentment are typical of his generation.

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Vantage Point

It’s almost rather brilliant the way the film betrays and sabotages itself as it comes down the home stretch.

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Street Kings

In Street Kings, Tom (Keanu Reeves) is puffy and surly, Neo if he hadn't met Trinity, Neo unsaved.

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Vantage Point

As Vantage Point becomes increasingly busy with personal betrayals and redemptions, the ostensible politics, reductive to begin with, fall by the wayside.

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The Great Debaters

The Great Debaters is history by way of Oprah: righteously angry and uplifting, willing to pull a punch when it makes the broader point.

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The Shield: The Detective & the Lieutenant

Detective Vic Mackey kills cops, steals money, and beats suspects. How, then, can the man trying to bring him to justice be the "bad guy"?

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The Marsh (2006)

A film that begins with a dream sequence, and ends up like a nightmare that, thankfully, you forget right after you wake up.

Matthew A. Stern
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The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Based on Giles Foden’s novel of the same name this bold, visceral cinematic-bodyblow takes a political maelstrom and a maniacal dictator and squeezes them into the mould of a genre-picture.

Emma Simmonds
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The Last King of Scotland (2006)

That Nicholas is also capable of great horrors, specifically in that he lets others act it for him and gets away with it, makes him, at some level, even more troubling than Amin.

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The Shield

The betrayals work in all directions at once.

Cynthia Fuchs
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First Daughter (2004)

This is the film's premise, that Sam's existence is simultaneously ideal and outrageous, typical and desirable.

Cynthia Fuchs
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First Daughter (2004)

These 'times' are somehow exponentially more dangerous, but no one refers to 9/11 or the Bush administration, apparently erased in this alternate non-reality.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Phone Booth (2002)

We're surrounded by spin all the time and I think that many times people who spin for a living really don't know the truth anymore because, I guess, they have to believe so much in the spin that they are spinning.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Phone Booth (2002)

A function of increasing anxieties about security, surveillance technology, and loss of privacy, this sniper is symptomatic.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Twilight Zone

The most recent tales from the Zone suggest it can again become a venue for investigating contemporary cultural and moral dilemmas.

Bernadette Adams Davis
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Panic Room (2002)

This 'Panic Room' DVD leaves you to figure the moves and angles.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Panic Room (2002)

In lieu of plot or character, 'Panic Room' offers the house.

Cynthia Fuchs
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