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August 27, 2015
White Hands and Black Skulls: From the Panthers to ‘Straight Outta Compton’
Two new films prove the urgency, and inadequacy, of outrage.
August 24, 2015
August 24, 1891: Thomas Edison Receives a Patent for His Movie Camera, the Kinetograph
“Members of society saw themselves in moving-pictures last night and enjoyed the novelty immensely.”
August 15, 2015
August 15, 1979: Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ is Released in Theaters
“The Vietnam War as one bloody huge circus, with clowns, acrobats, fire-eaters and a big brass band.”
August 13, 2015
August 13, 1899: Alfred Hitchcock is Born
“Even his means are ends.”
August 8, 2015
August 8, 1939: Dustin Hoffman is Born
“Is Charlie being stupidly insensitive to Raymond? Or is Tom Cruise, with his lesser talent, failing to notice that Dustin Hoffman is acting up a storm?”
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August 6, 2015
Comedians Debate: Is Amy Schumer’s ‘Trainwreck’ Sexist, or the New Feminism?
The feminist comedian and filmmaker is everywhere—and her fans’ expectations are mounting.
August 5, 2015
August 5, 1962: Marilyn Monroe Dies
“Her performances indicated that while sex is certainly fun, and often funny, it is only one of many games.”
July 16, 2015
Trans Sex Workers Seek Comfort and Vengeance in Sean Baker’s ‘Tangerine’
Sin-Dee and Alexandra find little solace on the LA streets except in each other.
July 2, 2015
Black Women Vilified as a ‘Lesbian Wolf Pack’ Speak for Themselves in a New Film
Out in the Night
tells the story of the New Jersey Four, women who faced felony charges after defending themselves against an attacker.
July 2, 2015
The Fierce Urgency of Nina Simone Now
Perhaps her real audience was not her contemporaries in the civil rights generation, but their grandchildren.