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Flowers for Hermes: An Interview with Performing Activist André De Shields

From creating the title role in The Wiz to winning an Emmy for Ain't Misbehavin', André De Shields reflects on his roles in more than four decades of iconic musicals, including the GRAMMY and Tony Award-winning Hadestown.

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David Byrne Channels the Weird and the Ordinary in 'True Stories'

As a piece of both cultural history and film history, David Byrne's True Stories takes its place alongside two other films from the mid-'80s that are also steeped in a surrealistic other-worldly place, Repo Man and Blue Velvet.

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The Coen Brothers Tackle Short Story in Film Again with 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs '

Not their first foray into bringing the short story form to cinema, the Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs affirms, sadly, that in this regard, cinema is the lesser storytelling form.

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The Coen Brothers' 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Is American Myth in Vignette

In the Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, there's something altogether new about having revisionist western ideas filtered through their rich sense of character, black comedy, and their penetrating awareness of humanity's fatal imperfections.

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TIFF 2018: 'Vox Lux'

Brady Corbet's Vox Lux is a horror movie about the link between hedonism and explosive violence in the 21st century. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

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'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Is All Party, Not Much Hangover

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again offers a silly, sad, apolitical and ultimately joyful look at love, loss, and embracing the future.

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"Break Your Own Dreams": Ebersole & Hughes on 'Mansfield 66/67'

P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes delight in the slippery nature of truth in their documentary filmmaking. Like Jayne Mansfield herself, the moment you think you can pin them down, they've already danced away to another possibility.

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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3' Gives a Bruising without Feeling

The show is called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend largely because it spends time dismantling the structure that finds it easier to write women off as "crazy" than to offer them help or understanding.

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Boston Underground Film Festival 2016: 'The Lure'

There's no denying the worthiness of The Lure's experimental qualities, but its characters get drowned in the music and never really find their way out.

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Sara Bareilles: What's Inside: Songs from Waitress

Fans of Sara Bareilles will want more than a slice of her in What's Inside: Song from Waitress, a more than fair record from the talented musician.

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The Aging of Aquarius: 'Hair' (Blu-ray)

This is a joyful noise, a combination of terrific music and equally electrifying filmmaking that walks the frequently fine line between classic and camp.

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Nine Is Not a 9.0, But It Tops 'Chicago'

Well-choreographed dance numbers abound. Costumes and lighting take center stage. Audiences even get the giddy entertainment of watching movie stars prove themselves as fine to passable singers.

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Rembetiko -- Special Edition

Rembetiko is ostensibly a fictionalised biopic of standout Rembetiko singer Marika Ninou, but it's actually a biopic of Rembetiko music and the entire Greek nation.


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