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Cuba’s Cinematic Revolution

by Jeremy Polacek on March 25, 2015

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Critical, frenzied, imaginative, and committed, the works of Communist Cuba’s first generation of filmmakers helped reinvigorate and reinterrogate revolutionary cinema.

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Merchants of Doubt, the latest documentary film by director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc., among others) uses a magician’s sleight of hand as an allegory for the conning of the American public by a handful of corporate lobbyists and public-relations mercenaries.

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The youngest of the three Oscar shorts categories, documentary shorts are both the vigorous upstarts and the weary middle-agers, questioning themselves and their creative vision in a productive midlife crisis.

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Here is my roundup, not only of films from the last year but of the past decade. These are films that you may have missed in theatres, never saw because they got a one week showing in NYC and LA and nowhere else, or that were simply too far below the radar.

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In our first review of the 2015 Oscar-nominated short films, the imaginative animated shorts led things off. With less than a week to go until the awards themselves, it’s time to get cozy with their often stonier cousins, the live-action shorts.

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Often lost amid the Oscar season hype parade, the Academy Award–nominated short films are the lagniappe of the affair, a little extra dose of movie popcorn to munch on and enjoy, even if you skip out on the actual award show.

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Reliving Our (Clueless) Teenage Lives

by Elisa Wouk Almino on February 12, 2015

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The movie Beyond Clueless opens at high school’s gates, signaling our venture into teenage life.

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Post image for ‘The Babadook’ Is No By-the-Book Horror Movie

“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings,” Macbeth famously mused. Centuries later, this tenet is borne out in countless horror movies.

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BRUSSELS — 7 Square Metres (2013) didn’t set out to explore the subject of failure. Belgian artist Karl Philips’s first documentary film was supposed to record the complex implementation of a site-specific action at a 2011 summer music festival.

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Matisse: From Tate Modern and MoMA aims to capture onscreen the blockbuster exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, currently at the Museum of Modern Art and previously at Tate Modern.

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