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“The Fifth Estate” is Too Ambitious for its Own Good

Since he previously reviewed “We Steal Secrets,” a documentary about Wikileaks and Julian Assange, I invited Reel Change guest critic Anthony Flores back to tackle “The Fifth Estate,” which opened last Friday. Here is his review. From the name alone, The Fifth Estate makes a big claim about its subject, the Wikileaks website.  The name…

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Redford Keeps “All Is Lost” Afloat

At first glance, All Is Lost sounds more like a film school assignment than a successful movie. Can you tell a complete story with one character, just a handful of lines of dialogue, and long, slow stretches with little action – and still keep your audience’s attention? Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s gripping survival tale answers resoundingly…

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How Change Happens (Sometimes)

Back in August, I wrote in The Atlantic that we might be reaching a significant moment in the animal rights movement: the end of the use of animals in entertainment. From a new federal regulation regarding chimpanzees to the success of Blackfish, this summer’s hit documentary on the abuse suffered by animals at SeaWorld, there…

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“Dazed and Confused” at 20 Years Old

I hadn’t seen Dazed and Confused in five years or so before attending its 20th anniversary screening at the New York Film Festival on Thursday. But from the moment that the smoky opening tones of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” filled the theater, I realized why Richard Linklater’s film will never get old or dated: because it…

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Why “Parkland” is Really a 9/11 Movie

I’ve become a regular contributor at an up-and-coming movie site called Movie Mezzanine, and I hope you check it out. It’s so new, there are no ads! Here’s one of my new pieces there about Parkland, which I reviewed for the Washington City Paper last week. This piece looks at the film as a JFK…