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Academy Awards Predictions
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2016 Academy Award Predictions

For the 2016 Academy Awards the Arts and Entertainment section of the Tribune did the work for you, predicting the winners for Best Film, Best Leading Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Film Editing. Read the reviews, rent the films, and be ready to watch the Oscars on Feb. 28. Unless you're boycotting… Keep Reading

#Oscarssowhite
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Cult Mentality EP. 1: Tackling the #oscarssowhite debate

This week’s Cult Mentality podcast centres on the #oscarssowhite debate. The debate arose in response to the Academy Awards’ snub of actors and filmmakers of colour year after year. The hashtag aims to highlight the inequity of Oscar nominations, as well as promote viewers to boycott this year’s Academy Awards along with prominent black celebrities,… Keep Reading

Mustang
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Sisterly love: Mustang gives nuanced portrayal of female coming-of-age stories in patriarchal societies

Content warning: This film features elements of sexual abuse. The coming-of-age stories that frequently grace movie screens are those of teen rebellion, unrequited love, and summer adventures. Deniz Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated film Mustang contains qualities of all of these aspects, but adds nuanced maturity and an overwhelmingly poignant storyline. At the heart of the film are… Keep Reading

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Pop Rhetoric: Respectability politics in “Fresh Off the Boat”

A year in, Fresh Off the Boat (FOTB) is still much of the same: An occasionally poignant portrayal of the immigrant experience tempered by whitewashed sinophilia. Take last week’s episode for example. Right before Chinese New Year, FOTB aired the first depiction of Mandarin Chinese New Year on American primetime TV. For mainland Mandarin viewers,… Keep Reading

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From the viewpoint: Ann Arbor Film Festival

As a newcomer to art house cinema, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival’s screening of 13 short films by independent filmmakers at Cinémathèque Québécois on Saturday night. It could have been the hushed atmosphere of a dimly lit room, or maybe the fact that everyone around me seemed… Keep Reading

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