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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sundance 2016: “Sand Storm,” “Sonita”

Imperator Furiosa’s feminist declaration of “We Are Not Things” goes far beyond the rebellion within “Mad Max: Fury Road,” but to a global, modern scale. In world cinema, it’s been the frustrated root of numerous films, like France’s “Mustang,” the Ethiopian “Difret,” and the upcoming Guatemalan movie “Ixcanul.” All of these movies concern a woman’s…

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30 Minutes on: “Whiplash”

“Whiplash,” about a young drummer (Miles Teller) punishing himself in order to please a brutal teacher (J.K. Simmons) and become a great musician, is not really about jazz. Nor is it about the state of contemporary American jazz education. And it is silly to criticize it, as some have done, for being “unrealistic” in any…

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