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HBO’s “Chernobyl,” a timely and empathic drama about one of the greatest technological disasters of our time

This series is currently airing on HBO

1986’s Chernobyl accident was the result of a flawed reactor design operated by inadequately-trained personnel. The disaster was the only accident in the history of commercial nuclear power in which radiation-related fatalities occurred. It’s estimated that the incident resulted in as many as 93,000 fatalities. The HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” examines the domino effect of incompetence and ... more >

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On De Palma’s new murder mastery “Domino”

This film was partly funded by Norway's film fund

Lite De Palma can still be good De Palma. “Domino” sees the master-filmmaker working with a lesser script yet coming out on top. The director had made clear his disgust with the making of this film, whose production at one point was in danger of being shut down because of money issues. De Palma still insists many crew members hadn’t been properly paid and says that this “was my first film in ... more >

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The life and times of DEE REES

She was nominated for an Oscar, has another twenty-nine wins & fifty nominations under her belt

In the male-dominated film business women filmmakers have always been too small a minority. There is progress being made but women’s voices deserve to be heard more often. My look at Women filmmakers continues with Dee Rees, film director and screenwriter. Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance screenwriting & directing Lab fellow. “Nothing I do ... more >

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WOMEN IN FILM: Jane Campion

A new series on women of influence in cinema

A recipient of the Palme d’Or, the Silver Lion, and an Academy Award, Jane Campion is one of the most successful women directors in the history of cinema. Campion’s first feature film, “Sweetie” premiered at Cannes in 1989 where it was greeted with boos but has since been claimed as a hallmark of the director’s iconoclastic style, with its black humor, striking visuals and its penetrating look ... more >

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What everybody ought to know about “Blindspotting”

Film came out in summer of 2018
Daveed Diggs and Raphael Casal

Race, class, social injustice. Our country has struggled with these since forever and cinema provides the means to address issues and heed the call of activism and resistance through art. In these dangerously unstable times “Blindspotting” has led the charge and turned the camera on us. When the film came out last year, it was a striking debut for first-time filmmaker Carlos Lopez Estrada ... more >