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Dave Johns, star of I, Daniel Blake: ‘This film can make things change’

It was the first day of shooting last October when Ken Loach handed Dave Johns a fat form. “Fill that in,” the veteran film director told his leading man. It was an application for income support, and it was 52 pages long, not including the introductory notes.<p>Johns, who had not signed on since the …

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My Favorite Father & Son Movies

<b>And how they helped me become a better parent.</b><p>This post originally appeared on Gays With Kids.<p>By David Blacker.<p>As a child growing up in the eighties, I wasn't like the other boys. And not just because I was the first in my neighborhood to rock a Z Cavaricci pant. It wasn't just my …

French Romance 'Un Plus Une' Fights for Awards Attention, Enchants Quentin Tarantino

Star Elsa Zylberstein says Claude Lelouch’s gem already has a big fan in the “Pulp Fiction” filmmaker — now, it just needs to reach voters<p>When you …

While it might not be the box office mainstay it once was, the genre is experiencing a renaissance, something that’s telling of the state of America in 2016<p>Ominous music, reminiscent of a horror movie, plays while a stranded priest waits alone in a dusty landscape. A lone horseman rides up, a scene …

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'Moonlight': How an Indie Filmmaker Made the Best Movie of 2016

It's a typical story, one that legions of independent filmmakers have experienced since the dawn of Sundance. You pore your energies into making your …

Bringing My Mother Back From the Dead: Jacob Bernstein on Nora Ephron and "Everything is Copy" | Interviews

She made a considerable dent in the glass ceiling as a journalist, gave us insightful and pointedly witty essay collections, penned three …

What I learned from teaching English in North Korea

Born and raised in Seoul, Suki Kim posed as an English teacher at an all-male university in Pyongyang run by evangelical Christians; she spent six …

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Heartbreaking Faces of Migrants’ Children in Pictures

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13 Of The World's Most Colorful Lakes

These 13 colorful lakes are like something out of a dream.<p>These naturally bold beauties are like something out of a dream.

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Fan Ho's Photos Of Hong Kong In The Fifties Will Make You Nostalgic For An Era Long Gone

Photographer, actor and director Fan Ho began photographing Hong Kong as a student in the early 1950s. The dramatic black-and-white images he captured of life in the bustling metropolis in the two decades that followed are a striking testament to the changes of the era. His nostalgic shots of …

The “death of adulthood” is really just capitalism at work

Here’s what A.O. Scott’s lamentation about adulthood in pop culture misses: our economic transformation<p>In this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, film critic A.O. Scott writes an extended and provocative diagnosis of what he calls “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture.” It’s a topic Scott …

Movies: 'The Fault in Our Stars' reviewed by young woman, 14, whose mom survived cancer

Book cover: "The Fault in our Stars," by John Green.<p>As in the book, Hazel meets her future love interest, Augustus Waters, at the support group. …

Human foibles give 'Birdman' its superhuman wings

In the spring of 2013, an unexpected group of movie stars took over Broadway's St. James theater for several weeks, acting in a play as part of a movie that was shot like a play.<p>On ‎one day, a number of those stars — Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts — were on a stage decorated like a …

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Why community schools are part of the answer

Brock Cohen taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 12 years and is now pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California while working at the nonprofit Los Angeles Education Partnership as a schools transformation coach. He helps develop community schools, which build …

88 Books That Teach Important Lessons

A Picture Book of Helen Keller (Picture Book Biography) by David A. Adler tells readers that we are all different with different abilities but are …