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December 12, 2014

by Carson Lund Film

Maidan | Sergei Loznitsa

December 12, 2014

It would be a mistake to overstate the similarities between the events presented in Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan — a series of non-violent protests gone awry in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2013 — and the ugliness this year in Ferguson, Mo., but you would have to be blind not to be struck by them. Both situations were large-scale civilian revolts in metropolitan areas that ballooned into deadly confrontations with heavily militarized police forces, hurled tear-gas canisters and unreasonably threatening…

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by Matt Lynch Film

Exodus: Gods and Kings | Ridley Scott

The recent controversy over the casting of predominantly white actors in Middle Eastern roles in Exodus: Gods and Kings is, it turns out, the least of the film’s problems. Not even Ridley Scott’s prodigious skills as a visual stylist are enough to prevent Exodus:…

December 12, 2014
by Calum Reed Film

The Captive | Atom Egoyan

No stranger to treating lurid and uninviting subjects in a chilly fashion, Atom Egoyan’s glacial style of filmmaking has always been both a blessing and a curse. While his distant rendering of melancholy in The Sweet Hereafter— regarded by many as his masterpiece — allowed for a…

December 12, 2014
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