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'Hillbilly' Reclaims Appalachia's Identity Against Lasting Insidious Stereotypes

Hillbilly provides a cogent analysis of the connection between the United States' cultural supremacy over its own Appalachian region, and the nation's resultant economic and political exploitation of it.

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The Up Series

Give me the boy at age seven, and I'll give you the man. The Jesuits may have had something with that saying, especially after watching Michael Apted's masterwork 49 years into the making.

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49 Up

As the Up films regularly incorporate footage from previous installments, the portraits have become increasingly layered and meditative.

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49 Up (2007)

Through the gentle observation and simple exploration of life’s quotidian nature, the Up Series achieves a dramatic relevancy that simple fiction or melodrama could never equal.

Kate Williams
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Amazing Grace (2006)

The movie's thematic insistence on seeing takes shape through slavery, a horrible moral blight even if it's off-screen in the colonies and not in London with our heroes.

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Enigma (2001)

Michael Apted speaks of his intent to make the country appear 'beautiful' and, consequently, we're spared shots of bombed-out London or casualties of any kind.

James Oliphant
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Enough (2002)

The first bit of news I heard on waking up this morning was that the wedding was off.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Enough (2002)

J-Lo rocks combat boots.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Enough (2002)

J-Lo rocks combat boots.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Enigma (2001)

There comes a point in 'Enigma' where Jeremy Northam shows up and you feel grateful.

Cynthia Fuchs
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