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GREY MATTERS: The Horrors of THE INVISIBLE WAR

The American military has largely dealt with the sexual assault of more than 95,000 service members since 2006 by stonewalling, denial, blaming the victim, and worse, according to Kirby Dick’s horrific and essential new film, "The Silent War."
  • By Ian Grey
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  • June 29, 2012 9:00 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: HAJI!

I personally prefer the aggressive female . . . the superwoman. -- Russ Meyer
  • By Robert Nishimura
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  • June 29, 2012 8:55 AM
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Nora Ephron: Star Wars for Girls

I don't say this lightly: what "Star Wars" was for men and boys of a certain era (and believe me, I loved it, too), Ephron was for women and girls of that era.
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • June 28, 2012 4:28 PM
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VIDEO - Sight & Sound Film Poll: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on How to Make a Random Top Ten List (and Why)

Here on Press Play we've been conducting an ongoing conversation on how to shake up the Sight and Sound Poll and its resulting canon. Along these lines, it was fascinating to learn how film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky produced his top ten list for the poll when faced with more titles than he could possibly narrow down - over 90 in fact.
  • By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 28, 2012 11:58 AM
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SIMON SAYS: MAGIC MIKE and the Camera

Steven Soderbergh's recent use of digital photography in "Contagion" (2011) and "The Girlfriend Experience" (2009) has a painterly quality. In "Magic Mike," Soderbergh's visual flourishes establish concerns better than anything his characters say.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • June 28, 2012 9:17 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Sorkinisms, by Kevin T. Porter: A Writer Under a Microscope

I don't know what to think of this video. But I know what its creator, Kevin T. Porter, wants me to think of it.
  • By Kevin T. Porter and Ken Cancelosi
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  • June 27, 2012 8:55 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY - Matt Porterfield and the Art of the Question

What is it that makes Putty Hill one of the more striking American independent films of recent years? Is it the genuine working class Baltimore setting, where director Matt Porterfield grew up and still lives today? Is it the cinematography by Jeremy Saulnier? Is it the ensemble of nonprofessional actors who give the film a genuine, unaffected sense of character? Or is it the questions?
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 26, 2012 1:03 PM
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CRUEL SUMMER: TOP GUN (1986)

Tony Scott’s "Top Gun" is a visual and aural assault, a full-throttle “ride” that doesn’t stop for pesky things like story.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • June 25, 2012 8:54 AM
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LONGMIRE RECAP 3: THE CANCER

Longmire’s specific focus on its main character can yield some tense results, as last week’s episode demonstrated effectively. But this approach also leads to difficulties when the scope of the episode is wider.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • June 25, 2012 8:33 AM
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THE NEWSROOM RECAP 1: WE JUST DECIDED TO

HBO’s been trying to sell "The Newsroom" to audiences on the strength of its opening scene, when Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), a bland and personable cable news anchor trapped in his own private hell somewhere between a shout-y liberal and a conservative, snaps and delivers a rant about American greatness.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • June 24, 2012 10:55 PM
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