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For Valentine's Day, the End of Anti-Miscegenation Laws: 'The Loving Story'

The Loving Story's tale of this Supreme Court victory lays out both its legal and moral import, and then turns back to Richard and Mildred Loving in intimate, evocative images.

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Your Life, Their Hands: Interview with Activist Documentarians Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering on 'The Bleeding Edge'

The makers of The Bleeding Edge on activist filmmaking, the dangers of medical deregulation, and Netflix as a platform for progressive filmmakers.

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On Political Corruption and 'Dark Money': Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Kimberly Reed

The people of Montana worked together to fight against the monetary and political damage caused by Citizen United. Reed's film documents that fight, and she talks with PopMatters about what that took, and what we, as citizens throughout America, must do next.

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Act It Out: Interview with Boots Riley of 'Sorry to Bother You'

Kill the clichés. Rebel artfully. Writer-director-musician Boots Riley talks with Cynthia Fuchs about empowering the power of Art.

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An Ageless Dance in '95 and 6 to Go'

This documentary about a Japanese Immigrant in America during and after WWII dances with history, memory, and friendship.

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'Black Panther' Turns Repeatedly to Women for Better Judgment

Will it take the Black Panther world as long as it's taken every other white comic book hero world to build itself around wondrous women?

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It Only Looks Like Truth If You Believe It 'Control Room' Reminds Us

As we encounter so many broken promises, dangerous corruptions, and increasing assaults on journalism, Control Room's arguments about and insights into war and media only seem more acute, and tragically, lasting.

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Overt Gender Politics Makes 'Molly's Game' Seem Like a Timely Film

Molly is a storyteller. Storytellers are artists, fabricators, and cultural arbitrators. They run games.

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Boxed in by Fate: 'The Tribes of Palos Verdes'

Rejecting regulations but immersed in movie metaphors, the central characters find their own forms of chaos, reframing it as a kind of freedom.

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'Mudbound': Dreams in Brown

If the plot of Mudbound is familiar, its very repetition is devastating, especially in this moment in US history, when Trump and white supremacists dig up the past -- legacies of racism, abuse, and fear -- and make them horrifyingly incessant, inescapable.

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Animation Film 'The Breadwinner' Speaks to Issues That Most Adults Would Find Harrowing

Like Siddiq Barmak's 2003 film Osama, Nora Twomey's The Breadwinner presents the challenge to the girl who is "passing" in vivid detail.

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'11/8/16' : Engineered Shock

"You been saying white folks coming out to vote in record numbers, in the rural areas. And why did they come out? Because he [Trump] spoke their language."

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Annapura Pictures

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Understanding Formula in Martin Provost's 'The Midwife'

Your view of the protagonist's view is not frightening, but heartening. It's good to go off script, especially in a way that adheres to formula.

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'Dunkirk': "The Bodies Come Back"

Dunkirk turns war movie tropes inside out to articulate a broader theme, not only the truism that war is excruciating, but more profoundly, that war is always the same, that it repeats, that it cannot be won.

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Magnolia, PBS

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'A Ghost Story' Is an Artful Prelude to Pattern

Lowery's movie transforms all manner of ordinary actions into weird little bits, most often offered in long takes and long distances, immobile images or slow frame movements.

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'Maudie' Explores How Art Can Come From the Most Unlikely Places

Sally Hawkins lifts her complex role with a graceful energy, helped by Maudie's visual approach, which is sometimes delicately impressionistic and sometimes more artisanal.

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'Megan Leavey': The Story of a Dog and His Girl

Megan Leavey is not interested in the Iraq war as such. What it offers instead is the story of her journey, heartfelt and well-acted, but never surprising.

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Bleecker Street Media

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Listen to Your Own Heartbeat: Katell Quillévére‘s 'Heal the Living'

The film traces loss and what comes after, the process of acceding to pain and encountering fears and anguish, and the implacable order of hospitals.

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