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Arts Issue: Modest projects recognized thanks to star backers

Arts Issue: Modest projects recognized thanks to star backers

April 10, 2014


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Today’s independent film directors have difficulty speaking up because of their movies’ limited commercial breadth. Over the past few years, famous actors have been publicly promoting films that would otherwise have gone unnoticed, or perhaps would not even have been made. Such beneficial celebrity infl...

Steve McQueen awakens emotions in ’12 Years a Slave’

Steve McQueen awakens emotions in ’12 Years a Slave’

October 17, 2013


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  One of the many reasons “12 Years a Slave” is great is its resistance against depending on violence to elicit an emotional reaction. Of course, because the film is a slave narrative, director Steve McQueen never holds back from showing the brutality of the whippings, rapes and emoti...