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A Great Anthropological Experience: Steve James and Laura Checkoway on Their Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

After creating a half-century of vital and acclaimed documentaries, the Chicago-based production company, Kartemquin Films, is celebrating its first two Oscar nominations. Scoring his first Best Documentary Oscar this year is Steve James, the renowned director of “Hoop Dreams” and “Life Itself,” whose latest feature, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” illuminates the criminally underreported story…

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Game Night

“Game Night,” about game-loving partiers who get drawn into a web of danger, is a raucously funny film that has a knack for going right up to the edge of nastiness. Written by Mark Perez and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein—who cowrote “Horrible Bosses” and “The Amazing Burt Wonderstone” and helmed the…

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The Visual Language of "Mudbound" Cinematographer Rachel Morrison

Based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” addresses racial conflict in World War II-era Mississippi and speaks to viewers with its bold visual language. Filmed practically and intimately by “Black Panther” cinematographer Rachel Morrison, the images parallel the societal examinations of American documentarians, painters and photographers whom previously captured the era’s poverty-stricken communities.…

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