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‘Why’d ya spill yer beans?’

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As the story goes, the Greek titan Prometheus so loved man that he stole fire from Mount Olympus and brought it to Earth...

The Assistant

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She lives in Astoria, but she works in the City. That means the company car picks her up long before the sun...

A woman’s work and a son’s obsession

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There’s a bit of fairy tale when it comes to Benedetta Barzini. As the story goes, it was 1963 when Barzini was discovered on...

The Midnight Family

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Mexico City is home to 9 million souls, but the government operates fewer than 45 ambulances to aid them in times of...

Cinema on the short side

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In addition to the praise and accolades each year’s Oscar nominations bring, there’s a fair amount of teeth-gnashing and viewers crying foul. A stupid...

The Rhythm Section

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As the Confucian proverb goes: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” Unfortunately for Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively), she’s going...

In memoriam: Anna Karina

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No one face embodied the French New Wave more than that of Anna Karina. Born Hanne Karin Bayer in Denmark in 1940, Karina made...

The Medicine

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The sages call it by many names: yagé, ambiwaska, aioasca, but most know it as ayahuasca: a hallucinogenic brew drunk during a...

A journey across French cinema

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When François Truffaut penned his revolutionary essay, “A Certain Tendency in French Cinema,” the up-and-coming critic laid waste to what he saw as a...

The Cave

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Before the Syrian Civil War in 2011, an estimated 2 million souls called Ghouta home. Less than 20% now reside in the suburb of...

The shame of a nation

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The year was 1978, and China’s future did not look promising. The country had survived wars, depression and famine, plus a cultural revolution was...

Just Mercy

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Monroeville, Alabama, 1987: A man is condemned to death for a crime he did not commit. Do you need to know the color of...