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Jane Vogel, Karla Mason Smith and Jacklyn Maddux of AGE

Get reacquainted with Jane Vogel, Karla Mason Smith and Jacklyn Maddux, all of whom are doing exciting work for AGE; Age and Gender Equality in the Arts. Learn more here   Listen here [sc_embed_player fileurl=”″]   Do you have an Adventure in Artslandia for Susannah you’d like to chat about? Email …

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Thriller “The Ones Below” is pregnant with menace

This chilling indie thriller about expectant neighbors conjures Polanski-style dread MAY 26, 2016 // FILM // ERIC D. SNIDER For all its miraculous beauty, there’s also something eerie and alien about pregnancy, even when you know how the baby got there and how it’s going to get out. Films have exploited the fears of …

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In Viva a young Cuban finds his lip-synced voice

This Havana-set drama from an Irish director was shortlisted for last year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar MAY 25, 2016 // FILM // MARC MOHAN There are a lot of things to like about “Viva.” It’s a stirring tale of personal empowerment, a vibrant portrait of life in the slums of Havana, and a moving portrayal of …

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Belladonna of Sadness blows minds, turns stomachs

This 1973 Japanese animation, never before released in the U.S., graphically renders the story of a woman’s degradation and revenge. MAY 26, 2016 // FILM // MARC MOHAN Words tend to fail when trying to describe “Belladonna of Sadness,” the 1973 Japanese animated feature that’s just now getting a much-belated American release.     To say …

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“Dheepan” puts a fresh spin on the immigrant saga

This tale of a Sri Lankan immigrant adjusting to life in Paris won the top prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival MAY 24, 2016 // FILM // MARC MOHAN By now, American movie audiences have witnessed a vast panoply of immigrant tales, from the soft-lit nostalgia of John Carney’s “Brooklyn” to the harsh realities of …

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