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Ed Rampell

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Ed Rampell is a Los Angeles-based film historian and critic who contributes regularly to The Progressive; he created the Progie Awards in 2007 to highlight the year’s best progressive films and filmmakers. Rampell is the author of the 2005 book Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and the coauthor of three other film history books, most recently The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.  

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Toronto International Film Festival

The title refers to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an oil oligarch who burst upon the post-Soviet scene in the mid-1990s. Read more

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Showtime

In “The Kingmaker,” director Lauren Greenfield takes aim at Imelda Marcos and the family that ran one of the world’s most repressive dictatorships. Read more

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A24 Films

The new film illustrates how Washington’s endless imperialist wars of aggression tragically pit Americans against not only overseas “enemies,” but one another. Read more

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White Pine Pictures

“In the last forty years the corporations have taken total control of one party and half or more of the other.” Read more

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CJ Entertainment

The Cannes hit morphs from a Patricia Highsmith milieu of Mr. Ripley-like talented con artists to a Stephen King house of horrors tale. Read more

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Sony Pictures Classics

New documentary takes stock of Trump’s Svengali. Read more

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If the press is the “fourth estate,” the cinema is arguably the fifth. “Official Secrets” indicts Blair, Bush, and other mass murderers in the court of public opinion—at a theater near you. Read more

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American Factory

Participant Media

A Chinese billionaire reopens a shuttered Ohio GM plant, hiring some 2,000 Americans to work side-by-side with imported Chinese workers. Culture clash or cultural revolution? Read more

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Angus MacAskill

It’s no panacea, but it can help heal our wounded nation. Read more

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Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing

Belkin does viewers a great service by reminding us of one of broadcast journalism’s most outspoken gladiators, who at his finest boldly yelled truth to power. Read more

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Netflix

“Digital rights are human rights.” A review of the film, The Great Hack. Read more

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Werner Herzog

While many people view him as a Lincoln, others consider him a “traitor” for, they believe, triggering the Soviet Union’s liquidation. A review of the film, “Meeting Gorbachev.” Read more

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Nick Wall

At the height of the Cold War, five members of Britain’s nuclear program passed secrets along to the USSR. Read more

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Seven actors meet at the intersection of Hollywood and activism. Read more

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Magnolia Pictures

“The Brink” takes down a phony “populist” provocateur. Read more

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Courtesy Holly Near

In a new documentary, PBS explores the legacy of singer and activist Holly Near. Read more

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Richard F. Outcault

Film Review of “Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People.” Read more

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Ed Rampell

The 2019 “Spirit Awards” honor progressive, diverse, inclusive films. Are such categories becoming irrelevant? Read more

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From If Beale Street Could Talk

Finally, James Baldwin’s big screen U.S. debut. Read more

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