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Baz Luhrmann's Glitzy "Great Gatsby": Out of Step with America's 99%

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 6, 2013 11:30 AM
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Still struggling with the Great 2008 Depression, enduring economic inequality and Congressional intransigence, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" looks as if it will become a major miscalculation--not only a box office disappointment, I expect, but a significance misjudgment of where the country is at.

Will Spielberg's "American Sniper" Anger the NRA or Celebrate It?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 2, 2013 4:06 PM
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The 10 Best #SarahPalinFilms Tweets and Why Netflix's "Iron Sky" Isn't One of Them

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 2, 2013 2:07 PM
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The Politics of "Iron Man 3": Pro-Capitalist and Anti-War; Anti-Capitalist and Pro-War

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 2, 2013 9:57 AM
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The summer's first would-be superhero blockbuster opens Friday, and with it comes a familiar colliding mix of ideological positions being shoved down our collective throats. Without the strangely out of place clean energy advocacy that underlined "The Avengers," billionaire Tony Stark is now back on his own, and according to early reports, he's suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from the last movie. He's not the only one.

Spiritualist Activism? Occupy Meets "What the Bleep Do We Know?"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 2, 2013 9:17 AM
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Ever since the success of "What the Bleep Do We Know?", the 2004 spiritual self-help documentary, a cottage industry has developed around films that cater to spiritual-minded audiences. "Occupy Love" (opening Friday), a new film from a director who goes by the name Velcrow Ripper ("Fierce Light," "ScaredSacred"), melds the form with another recent nonfiction trend, the Occupy doc. But can it change anyone's minds about the movement?

Andrew Breitbart and the Hypocrisies of Rightwing Docs

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 1, 2013 9:33 AM
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When I first re-launched this blog as ReelPolitik, I came face to face with the wrath and contradictions of the ring-wing after a series of posts criticizing the Sarah Palin documentary "Undefeated." I expect more of the same with a story I've written on "Hating Breitbart," a new film about the late conservative advocacy journalist Andrew Breitbart, in my weekly Docutopia column. .

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