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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.

The Politics of "The Avengers"; Or, Can Clean Energy and Old-Fashioned Jingoism Mix?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 7, 2012 10:10 AM
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I couldn't help myself. Not because I'm a fan of comic books, blockbusters or Josh Whedon, but because I'm always curious about a cultural phenonemon, and often feel the need to interrogate what is at play in our most popular movies, and especially since this may be the most popular one of all time. "The Avengers" embodies what I've always felt about Hollywood juggernauts: they're a hodgepodge of political views and ideological undercurrents, colliding with each other to create a mainstream entertainment that, if you look close enough, manages to uphold old-fashioned reactionary American values. Here, it's such myths as militaristic might, individual sacrifice and the renegade American hero--allthough, it also seems to throw a bone to contemporary liberal views on energy policy at the same time.

10 Years of War: "Hell and Back Again" review

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • October 5, 2011 1:48 AM
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Far from Afghanistan: On 10th anniversary of war, U.S. filmmakers make call to action

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • September 28, 2011 3:48 AM
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Torture Docs Redux: "You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Gitmo"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • September 28, 2011 1:29 AM
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Top Ten Politically Effective Films: #3

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • September 2, 2011 1:36 AM
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Top Ten Politically Effective Films: #3

Preview: "Carnage" and the Politics of Roman Polanski (updated)

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • August 22, 2011 1:00 AM
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More: War

Brian De Palma Gets Political (again) with "The Key Man"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • August 19, 2011 12:00 PM
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More: War

Is John Sayles' America's Most Humanist-Political Filmmaker? "Amigo" Takes on U.S. Occupation

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • August 16, 2011 6:20 AM
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Bigelow Responds to GOP: "Kill Bin Laden" Not a Pro-Obama Campaign Ad -- Duh.

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • August 10, 2011 8:29 AM
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