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Posted on: Mar 22, 2015, Source: Salon

Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz call for more prisons and less gruel in Big Capital's Dickensian war against the poor.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2015, Source:

There's a dark underbelly to recent antics.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2015, Source:

America went to war for 10 years and we missed it. Now Iraq is back to torment us, as mythology and macho fantasy.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2015, Source: Salon

Yeah, the French look like merde arresting a comedian for a Facebook post. But we're free-speech hypocrites too.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2015, Source: Salon

The NYC cop crisis taps into a vein of authoritarian longing -- but the real risk of fascism may be harder to see.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2014, Source: Salon

Don't believe the haters! From a Texas family epic to class war on a train, it was an amazing year at the movies.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2014, Source: Salon

It seems that North Korea has assassinated a really dumb movie.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2014, Source:

Can we quit pretending torture is some huge departure from America's behavior?

Posted on: Dec 7, 2014, Source:

Americans have surrendered democracy—the consequences are murder.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2014, Source:

If the Ferguson tragedy offers a vivid reminder of our bitter divisions, it also offers moments of revelation.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2014, Source: Salon

Part Tarantino, part Coen Bros.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2014, Source:

Will American politics ever break free from its "Groundhog Day" nightmare? Someday—but it might not be pretty.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2014, Source:

Two courageous reporters dug up dark government secrets. Only one was betrayed by his peers. Why did it happen?

Posted on: Oct 14, 2014, Source: Salon

A gripping real-life spy thriller about the Snowden-Greenwald meetings got several standing ovations at NY premiere.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2014, Source: Salon

Here's what A.O. Scott's lamentation about adulthood in pop culture misses: our economic transformation.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2014, Source:

Recognizing the historic burden of whiteness is not self-abasement or lame apology.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2014, Source:

Ferguson offers white people a chance to understand the price of our privilege—and the way it oppresses us, too.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2014, Source:

Israel's harshest critics and most ardent defenders agree on one thing: The battle is really about America.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2014, Source:

A modest proposal that might redeem the GOP (or at least make it a lot cooler): Seize the marijuana moment.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2014, Source:

Once a defense of the war on terror, Michael Bay's robot franchise mirrors the GOP's decline into paranoid whining.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2014, Source: Salon

The 99 percent fight back aboard a train to nowhere, in a dazzling action flick that's also a political parable.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2014, Source: Salon

A film tells the story of the coder-activist who fought corporate power and corruption — and paid a cruel price.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2014, Source:

The widow of Carl Sagan discusses science vs. religion, and how men get credit for her work.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2014, Source:

No, a made-up monster didn’t cause a tragic crime.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2014, Source: Salon

Dumped by public TV, this long-brewing documentary explores the Koch brothers, Wisconsin and the death of the GOP.

Posted on: May 17, 2014, Source:

Most critiques of democracy as it currently exists assume that democracy can and should be fixed. Is that too optimistic?

Posted on: May 16, 2014, Source: Salon

Magnificent action, visual daring and an unexpected moral depth make the new "Godzilla" an awesome surprise.

Posted on: May 3, 2014, Source:

Shaming an old creep for his outmoded bigotry was empty political theater, and did nothing to address real racism.

Posted on: Dec 25, 2013, Source: Salon

The year's top 10, from Sarah Polley's family chronicle to "12 Years a Slave" to Scorsese's audacious comeback.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2013, Source:

A selection of recent releases to entertain in-laws and teenagers alike (and a few for just the grown-ups).

Posted on: Oct 5, 2013, Source:

What we can learn from the Philadelphia firebombing of 1985.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2013, Source: Salon

The drug war and the terror war have poisoned our justice system.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2013, Source:

Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard are terrific, but the soapy "Lovelace" tells only part of a fascinating story.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2013, Source: Salon

Faux educational documentary makes the point that the 'war on drugs' will never be won and is an unmitigated disaster

Posted on: Jun 22, 2013, Source: Salon

Brad Pitt's $200 million zombie epic is exciting cinema, but its sloppy, lazy script rips off many better films.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2013, Source: Salon

As in Huxley, Philip Dick, and "The Matrix," we chose the simulacrum of democracy and “freedom” instead of the real things.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2013, Source: Salon

Why did this story drive the whole country nuts? Because we traded rights for "security," and didn't get either.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2013, Source: Salon

After a right-wing coup crushed the reforms of Vatican II, one scholar says the last two popes are illegitimate.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2012, Source:

Maybe film culture isn't dying just yet: The year in movies brought richness and breadth — and controversy!

Posted on: Dec 8, 2012, Source:

What does the awfulness of most Yule-themed movies tell us about the reality of our so-called favorite holiday?