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'Pride' an uplifting tale of support and prejudice

Code Pathé

BY ZAK WITUS

In 1984, a group of lesbian and gay activists from London came to the aid of one Welsh mining town called Onllwyn. Thirty years later, these historical events are depicted in “Pride,” a triumphant, life-affirming film about the power of cooperation and the resiliency of the human spirit.

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Thought-Provoking 'Dear White People' explores campus racial tensions

Code Red

BY OMAR MAHMOOD

First-time writer-director Justin Simien turns his film into a decided polemic, sorry-not-sorry style. His script is mouthy, verbose, and brutal.

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'John Wick' a mess of action-movie clichés

Summit

BY KARSTEN SMOLINSKI

The thin story and thinner characters should deter anyone looking for a semblance of substance. In the end, John Wick comes off as just another guy who really likes killing people and is really good at it.

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Marque Richardson discusses new project, 'Dear White People'

Lionsgate

BY JAMIE BIRCOLL

“This has been going on since 1915 with ‘Birth of a Nation,’” Richardson said. “And since then there’s been and will be a resurgence, an upsurgence … is that even a word? Fuck it; let’s make it a word. We made up a word today! Upsurgence!”

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'Kill the Messenger' sacrifices justice for entertainment

Focus

BY KARSTEN SMOLINSKI

While Webb certainly deserves the redemption “Kill the Messenger” provides him, I don’t think he deserves the ‘based on a true story’ character flaws meant to make the film more entertaining.

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Akshay Seth: Paul Thomas Anderson, Master of Tension

Paramount

BY AKSHAY SETH

In the first 15 minutes of “There Will Be Blood,” there is only silence.

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'The Book of Life' an aesthetic triumph

20th Century Fox

BY OMAR MAHMOOD

The film should be appreciated not for the arcs of its individual characters, but for its color and the breathtaking scope of its storylines and themes. It should be read for what it is: a Hispanic in the mold of the Cervantine novelas.

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