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TALKING with Lisa Cholodenko and Susannah Grant of “Unbelievable,” which premieres tomorrow on Netflix

Making sense of the trauma of rape in a post-truth world

Marie Adler’s story about an intruder raping her in the middle of the night seemed incredible. So impossible, in fact, that she later retracted her story, earning her the enmity of police, her friends and the entire community. The thing was, Marie wasn’t lying. The teen had, in fact, been violated in her own home by a man who bound her and took photos of her body amidst hours of torture. But so ... more >

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INTERVIEW with “American Factory” (premieres on Netflix today) filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar

Will America become more like China or the other way around?
Distributed by Netflix

Filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar have watched as the industrial Midwest has cratered around them. High-paying factory jobs once stretched from western Pennsylvania to Michigan, providing a comfortable working-class living enabling workers to buy a home, two cars and send their children off to college. All of that changed as plants closed and jobs outsourced to Mexico and China. Those ... more >

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Editorial: Spielberg spoke. Nobody listened.

Netflix: 1

In an odd reactionary display, Steven Spielberg had recently called for a change in the Academy Awards eligibility criteria in order to rule out any chance for the streaming platform Netflix to be able to throw nominees in the race for an Oscar. He lost. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which is responsible for handing down the Oscars, announced last week that it ... more >

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NETFLIX WATCH: Find out the latest about “UMBRELLA ACADEMY,” Season 2

The dysfunctional family is advancing to Season 2
Series was developed by Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater

In 1986 forty-three children were born simultaneously from forty-three different women who weren’t pregnant. Seven of these children were adopted by billionaire Reginald Hargreeves. In order to save the world, Hargreeves founds The Umbrella Academy, a school where young children grow up, develop their power and save people. In Season 1, Klaus, Luther, Allison, Diego, number 5, Vanya and Ben ... more >

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OKJA, a Netflix premiere, delivers a bleak message couched in entertaining fiction

From the director of 2013's "Snowpiercer"
Seo-Hyun Ahn, Tilda Swinton and Steven Yeun
Directed by Bong Joon Ho

Can we fight evil? Save our lovely planet from ghouls such as Monsanto and other purveyors of various poisons into GMO plants and animals? Can the good people win? Can we save the human race while preventing our animals from being seen only in terms of sirloin or chops? Such is the theme of “Okja,” a Netlix film streaming on the video channel (and causing much distress at the recent Cannes film ... more >

The Hollywood Complex

Kid actors' rite of Spring
Andrew Manley (narrator), Rosey Forti, Tony Casala and John McCarthy
Directed by Dylan Nelson and Dan Sturman

Hollywood is the only place in the world where you can die from encouragement. Wise words to the unwise. And yet, throwing caution to the wind thousands of would-be kid actors and their parents migrate to California to vie for a part in the fifty or so new television shows (known as pilots) which are produced each year (pilot season lasts from January to April). "Throwing caution to the ... more >

Netflix to stream DREAMWORKS ANIMATION catalog

Netflix: 1 - Pay TV: 0

In the epic saga of Netflix v. pay TV there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the familiar red envelope company. As first reported on Gizmodo, Dreamworks Animation studios have granted Netflix the rights to stream their catalog. That’s really good news for Netflix--they beat out HBO in competing for fresh studio content--as it gives them new credibility and legitimizes them, and it’s good ... more >