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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.  

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

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

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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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The Great Hack

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

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

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

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

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The best exposé on Fox in years dives into its former chief’s history of racism and the sexual misconduct that would ultimately be his undoing. Read more

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A new docuseries begs the question: is the enemy of our enemy really our friend? Read more

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How to survive family Thanksgiving and a dictatorial state. Read more

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In 1917, striking copper miners were rounded up at gunpoint and dumped in the middle of a New Mexico desert on the orders of their employer. A new genre-bending film tells their story, and its ripple effects. Read more

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The action of Daniel’s metaphorical one-act drama, “Gunshot,” takes place on a spectral set where characters wake up to their condition and decide to make a change. Read more

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The cinematic son of America’s industrial proletariat launches a blistering broadside. Read more

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