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Film, Feature Ava DuVernay: The Director Looks to the Future of Black Film

Ava DuVernay: The Director Looks to the Future of Black Film

"Positive characterizations are complex characterizations," says writer-director Ava DuVernay, tucking into a serving of roasted potatoes. "That's all we need to know. They shouldn't be saccharine. They shouldn't feel like medicine. You know, often films that are deemed positive, nobody…
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Film, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green": Jerks Tears, Rates Jeers

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green": Jerks Tears, Rates Jeers

"It's a hard world to be different in," says Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) to her Pinterest/vision-board child Timothy (CJ Adams) while trying to explain why he must cover up the leaves that sprout on his legs. "Lots of people hate…
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Film, "Surviving Progress": Looking Into Mankind's Bleak Future

"Surviving Progress": Looking Into Mankind's Bleak Future

Right from the start, the documentary Surviving Progress lets viewers know there will be no easy answers to the questions it's posing, as the opening query, "What is progress?" leaves some of the world's most agile minds at a loss…
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Film, "The Raid: Redemption": Beautifully Breathless Action in Indonesia

"The Raid: Redemption": Beautifully Breathless Action in Indonesia

Lean, fast-moving, and filled with game-changing fight sequences that have a brutally beautiful (or beautifully brutal) quality, Gareth Evans' Indonesian martial-arts film The Raid: Redemption lives up to its viral hype. Rama (Iko Uwais) is a rookie member of an…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Ain't Got No Alibi

You Ain't Got No Alibi

"They should have been the band that went way beyond any of us who were influenced by them," says Primus' Les Claypool about groundbreaking African-American band Fishbone in the documentary Everyday Sunshine. The film, co-directed by Lev Anderson and Chris…
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Film, "Oranges and Sunshine": Heartbreaking True Story Hits the Right Emotional Notes

"Oranges and Sunshine": Heartbreaking True Story Hits the Right Emotional Notes

Based on the true story of the collusion between British and Australian governments to illegally ship tens of thousands of children from the U.K. to Australia for more than a century, well into the late 1960s, Oranges and Sunshine is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam

Based on the true story of the collusion between British and Australian governments to illegally ship tens of thousands of children from the U.K. to Australia for more than a century, well into the late 1960s, Oranges and Sunshine is…
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Film, "American Teacher": Matt Damon Sticks Up for Conservatives' Punching Bag

"American Teacher": Matt Damon Sticks Up for Conservatives' Punching Bag

One of the right wing's favorite punching bags — and even, increasingly, the left's — is the teaching profession. Director Vanessa Roth, who co-produced American Teacher with Ninive Calegari and Dave Eggers and scored Matt Damon to narrate, counters the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Food Conspiracy

Food Conspiracy

Writer-director Kristin Canty's Farmageddon joins recent documentaries like Food, Inc. and King Corn in sounding the alarm about what we eat and where it comes from. A lesser effort in the burgeoning canon, it's still effective in its goals: illuminating…
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Calendar, Night&Day Building It Out

Building It Out

Written and directed by New Orleans resident Harry Shearer, The Big Uneasy illustrates in detail what many folks intuited or pieced together from news reports and other documentaries — that the disastrous, deadly effects of Hurricane Katrina were not a…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Hard Truth of Circus Life

The Hard Truth of Circus Life

"The circus is tough and beautiful," says a talking head in Aaron Schock's Circo, a documentary on the small, struggling, family-owned Circo Mexico. It's an apt description of the film itself, a riveting patchwork of interconnected dramas that include difficult…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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