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Solo: A Star Wars Story

An engaging but unnecessary bit of backstory for one of blockbuster cinema's most beloved characters.

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First Reformed

A stunning, enrapturing film, a crowning work by one of the American cinema’s most essential artists.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Woody Allen: What I've Learned. By Cal Fussman. The director who rarely grants an interview grants one.

"I never see a frame of anything I've done after I've done it."

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How the Church Resegregated  Schools in the South.
By Tyler Glodjo for Christ and Pop Culture. Confessions of a White Christian From Mississippi. 

"As whites, we have a tendency to take our own whiteness off the table, as if it’s irrelevant to the discussion, or as if it’s not a race at all, but a lack of race."

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YouTube Cofounders Launch New Video Service. By Hilary Lewis, for The Hollywood Reporter. Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are taking on Vine and Instagram.

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"Hurley and Chen's MixBit lets you record, edit and share videos, and you can mix clips from other users to create movies that are much longer than Vine and Instagram's short clips."

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"Blackfish" gives Pixar second thoughts on "Finding Dory" plot. By Amy Kaufman for The Los Angeles Times. See also: Christopher Campbell's interview with "Blackfish" director and Matt Zoller Seitz's review.

 “After seeing ‘Blackfish,’ they retooled the film so that the sea creatures now have the choice to leave that marine park. They told Gabriela they didn’t want to look back on this film in 50 years and have it be their 'Song of the South,' a reference to the 1946 Disney musical that was widely viewed to be racist."

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"Q&A: David Gordon Green on Prince Avalanche, Emile Hirsch & Bitching About Movies." By RogerEbert.com's Simon Abrams. See also: Christy Lemire's profile of the director and MZS' review.

"['Prince Avalanche'] is about where they are in time, and place, and space. And every now and then, you cut wide and see infinite skeletons of pine trees. And how insignificant these men, and their relationship problems, really are."


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Mexican druglord Rafael Caro Quintero released after 28 years in prison. From The Guardian. How long before Michael Mann makes a movie of this? 


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Trailer for Spike Jonze's "Her."


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