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Provocative Nuclear Power Doc "Pandora's Promise" Drops On Theaters This Summer

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 30, 2013 11:13 AM
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Director Robert Stone's controversial doc "Pandora’s Promise," which challenges environmentalists’ assumptions on the dangers of nuclear power, will be released in theaters on June 12, followed by a November broadcast on CNN, it was just announced. With the film, Stone, the acclaimed doc-maker who has examined issues of environmentalism ("Earth Days") and nukes ("Radio Bikini") before, suggests that nuclear power may be an important tool in the fight against climate change

Is Gael Garcia Bernal the Most Progressive Force in World Cinema?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 30, 2013 9:25 AM
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Will Participant's Latest Spanish Coproduction Expose Corporate Pollution?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 29, 2013 3:37 PM
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Last week, it was announced that Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman would star in Lluis Quilez's "Out of the Dark," a supernatural thriller presented by Participant Media, the company known for producing films with a political bent, such as "An Inconvenient Truth" "Food, Inc," and "Lincoln." While Participant's Jonathan King said, “This is not your average ghost story," the company wasn't clear as to what political position the film would be taking on. But there is some evidence to suggest that the family may be haunted by corporate or ecological corruption.

New Doc: Ex-Con Detectives Fight to Exonerate Wrongfully Convicted

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 29, 2013 11:01 AM
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Jamie Meltzer, the director of "Informant," a recent favorite doc of mine which I called "a 'Fog of War' for the age of Occupy" about anarchist turned informant Brandon Darby, has a new project, looking for funds on Kickstarter, which seems worthy of our attention. Called "Freedom Fighters," the new doc focuses on a Dallas-based detective agency started by a group of exonerated men who have all spent decades in prison.

"At Any Price": Zac Efron and The Decline of America's Heartland

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 26, 2013 9:17 AM
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Is the most politically thought-provoking film of the season a drama starring Zac Efron as an aspiring racecar driver? Seems so. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, "At Any Price" stars Efron as a young farmer's son from the Heartland with big dreams of escaping his small-town life. On the surface, it could be another watered-down piece of Americana (think "Secretariat" meets "Charlie St. Cloud"), but Bahrani is too smart for that, and the film becomes a searing and forceful reflection of failure and personal reckoning amid the overwhelming pressures of the multinational marketplace.

Race, Class and Warfare at Tribeca

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 25, 2013 10:33 AM
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One of the most powerful new documentaries at this year's Tribeca, Dan Krauss’s well-crafted and compelling investigative expose "The Kill Team," hits all the right buttons: political injustice, moral outrage, and emotional catharsis. Of all the films I've previewed from this year's festival, Krauss's is one of the most important; for the purposes of political heft, "The Kill Team"--along with the upcoming release "Dirty Wars"--provides some of the most damning evidence of the atrocities and injustices of the U.S. military that we've seen on screen since America's War on Terror began.

"Black" Films Face Obstacles Abroad; Are Foreign Film Markets Still Racist?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 24, 2013 9:43 AM
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