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  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
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  • Jules and Jim
  • Lawrence of Arabia

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  • Making Montgomery Clift

  • Lightyear

  • The Confession

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    Elvis, a Disrespected Phenomenon.
    Baz Luhrmann’s shameless comic-book biopic.

    Baz Luhrmann presents Elvis Presley like a comic-book superhero. His gaudy biopic Elvis even includes a sequence of comic-book panels: Baz-Elvis the hero transforms from a mild-mannered Mississippi truck driver who sang and played guitar into a flamboyant Elton John or Liberace-style alter ego. Inspiration from sensual black blues and raucous black gospel makes Baz-Elvis a cultural avatar in the manner of both Martin Luther nailing revolutionary theses to public consciousness…

  • Making Montgomery Clift

    Making Montgomery Clift

    Monty Clift and the Art of Distraction.
    A bold documentary counters the movie legend that he was a tortured, self-hating homosexual.

    It has taken four years for the 2018 documentary Making Montgomery Clift, now showing at Film Forum, to be released. It comes at the right moment — when celebrity gossip is accepted as newsworthy but needs to be exposed for its distraction from economic collapse, political corruption, and cultural decay.

    Making Montgomery Clift confronts those aspects of media dishonesty.…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Despite repeated requests of six separate publicists, Warners and Sunshine Sachs declined to show me a prerelease screener of and denied me press access to Justice League. Readers may decide whether this insult is from fecklessness, incompetence or more nefarious reasons.

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    Lightyear Is Consumerism for Kids.
    How Pixar and Disney groom through cartoon content.

    Lightyear proves that the folks at Pixar and Disney are past masters at audience manipulation, now known as “grooming.” This isn’t only because of Lightyear’s already infamous lesbian kiss, gratuitous in a family-entertainment animated film (the kiss scene is banned in Saudi Arabia and passed as a matter of corporate pride in the U.S.). Pixar has been grooming audiences for decades. Lightyear is Pixar’s 26th feature release,…