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What was the Sandy Hook school massacre, who was Adam Lanza and what is the Newtown documentary about?

MURDER OF THE INNOCENTBrutal attack on school tots by mentally disturbed killer led to nationwide mourning and heightened debate over gun control laws in the USA NEW documentary tells the tragic story of the Sandy Hook school massacre and the brutal impact it had on the community of Newtown, Connecticut.The feature, simply titled Newtown, took filmmaker Kim A. Snyder three years to make and involved speaking to the families of the 20 schoolkids and 6 staff killed.But what was the Sandy Hook...

5 Reasons Why “They Live” Is The Orwellian “1984” of Cinema

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubble gum.” The character John Nada, played by professional wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, announces this line, armed with a shotgun as he prepares to blast away at aliens disgusted as human beings inside a bank in John Carpenter’s film “They Live”, released in 1988.The movie tells the story of an alien race that has taken control of humanity using subliminal messages embedded in billboards, magazines, and other media to...

Film Review: ‘Behind the White Glasses’

It would be hard to think of a European filmmaker who attained the degree of international heat that Lina Wertmüller enjoyed in the mid-1970s, and then — poof! — just like that, her moment was over. Early in “Behind the White Glasses,” a dutiful Italian documentary portrait of Wertmüller and her career, you get a taste of what that moment was like when John Simon, the much-feared film and theater critic who was Wertmüller’s most devoted champion, declares that she is one of the two greatest...