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The Ballad of Shovels and Rope

There is nothing glamorous about working your way up from the bottom, but “the struggle” is what makes one appreciate any success that follows. Continue reading

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Jingle Bell Rocks!

“Jingle Bell Rocks!” doesn’t seek to rationalize or justify the writer/director’s obsession with Christmas music. Rather it’s more like his Christmas gift to us. Continue reading

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A Brony Tale

A genial look at the controversial geek subculture that confounds even other geeks. Continue reading

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American Arab

Usama Alshaibi explores post-9/11 Arab American identity, interspersing the personal stories of others with his own experiences. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

Bears

“Bears” is safe, disposable family entertainment that has just enough of an educational component to not fall into the category of live-action remake. Continue reading

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Class of 1994: “Reality Bites”

Formless and fuzzy, “Reality Bites” is a film whose legacy as an encapsulation of an ethos and an era has little to do with the film itself. Continue reading

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The Act of Killing

This odd, enlightening and disturbing documentary asks the perpetrators of horrible war crimes to recreate their acts, and they happily comply. Continue reading

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Informant

“Informant” will bring a complex story to new people, but with no new revelations, it plays more like a college term paper than a hard-hitting documentary. Continue reading

Beyond Right & Wrong

A stirring look at forgiveness in the face of unimaginable pain. Continue reading

Ruth Thomas-Suh, “Reject”

The director of this documentary about rejection’s effect on the human psyche speaks to the science behind her assertions and whether strategies are working. Continue reading

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