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Miss Violence review – macabre tale of evil and Greek anguish

A tale of abuse and denial set in a claustrophobic Athens apartment shows real technique but tips into the bizarre<p>Cinema's Greek new wave has brought us exciting movies such as Yorgos Lanthimos's Dogtooth and Athina Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg – films with a bracingly angular, deadpan challenge. …

Spring in a Small Town review – powerful, exquisite drama

I first became aware of Fei Mu's masterly Chinese drama just over a decade ago, via a very intelligent and heartfelt modern remake/homage: Tian Zhuangzhuang's film Springtime in a Small Town. At that stage, I could only get hold of the original on a fuzzy VHS copy. So it is such a pleasure to see …

Does America Owe Foreigners Any Privacy?

The case for constraining the NSA, even abroad<p>Domestic spying has been the understandable focus of U.S. citizens and policymakers as Edward Snowden's disclosures about the NSA made international headlines. But the leaks have given us a fuller understanding of foreign surveillance, too. Abroad, the …

Atheist Afghan granted religious asylum in UK

<b>An Afghan citizen has been granted asylum in the UK for religious reasons - because he is an atheist.</b><p>The man fled to the UK from a conflict involving his family in Afghanistan in 2007, aged 16, and was allowed to stay in the UK until 2013.<p>He was brought up a Muslim, but during his time in the UK …

Saving the Lost Art of Conversation

In a fast-paced digital age, an MIT psychologist tries to slow us down.<p>“I am going to be a little boring,” Sherry Turkle announces as we sit down to tea in the living room of her sprawling Boston townhouse. “And you’re going to be a little boring, too.”<p>Turkle, for the record, is not boring. She is …

Are you a psychopath?

An Oxford professor has developed a test to answer the question once and for all<p>Lorraine Murphy<p>December 24, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.<p>Year after year, decade after decade, even century after century, as extended families who see each other all too seldom …

Why Joaquin Phoenix, Who Wows in ‘Her,’ Is the Greatest Actor Alive

Sean Penn? Daniel Day-Lewis? Nope. It’s Joaquin Phoenix, who delivers the year’s finest performance as a sad-sack divorcé who falls in love with an …

Fascinating Cave Photography

Caves are fantastic, mysterious places... maybe as mysterious as the depths of the oceans, full weird creatures and breathtaking landscapes. These …

Big Dog and Small Pup Are Inseparable Best Friends

Earlier this year we met photogenic Harlow the Weimaraner and his fellow canine buddy Sage. Now, the household has welcomed a new addition to their dog party–Indi the Dachshund. The tiny pup has seamlessly entered the family, adding an adorable element to the already sweet collection of portraits …

Is This the End of One of the World’s Harshest Abortion Laws?

For the first time, two women are battling for Chile’s highest office—and reproductive rights hang in the balance.<p>In July, a harrowing story dominated headlines in Chile: "Belen," an 11-year-old girl from the southern city of Puerto Montt, had been raped and impregnated by her mother's partner—and …

An Epidemic of Journalist Kidnappings in Syria

Reporters are being abducted at an unprecedented rate—and their captors aren't even making demands anymore.<p>Thirty journalists—half of them foreign reporters, half of them Syrian—have been kidnapped or gone missing in Syria, the Associated Press reported last week. The number is unprecedented. Syria …

10 worst right-wing statements of the week — donut paranoia edition

Rand Paul is convinced Obamafascists are coming for our favorite pastries, and that’s just the start<p>It’s been a busy week for all manner of charlatans, religious and otherwise.<p><b>1. One-woman parade of idiocy, Sarah Palin: The Pope is too liberal; social programs are similar to slavery.</b><p>Sarah Palin was …

India's monkeys 'to be put on the pill'

Wildlife officials in India are drafting "birth control" measures to curb an alarming rise in its monkey population<p><b>India</b> is planning to put its rising population of primates on the pill to tackle the growing "monkey menace" in its towns and cities, government wildlife officials have …

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10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …

See These Heartbreaking Photos Of The World’s Disappearing Cultures, Before They Fade Away

In the new book Before They Pass Away, photographer Jimmy Nelson has captured a series of gorgeous pictures of 31 remote cultures that are on the verge of disappearing.<p>Over the last three years, British photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled around the world–from Namibia to Papua New Guinea to …

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All Bullies Are Narcissists

Stories of bullying and hazing in the news break down to narcissism and insecurity.<p>Late in October, a complaint was filed against Aledo High School football coach Tim Buchanan for encouraging his players to “bully” their opponents. The nature of the alleged bullying? A win so decisive as to …

Marvel's newest hero is a Muslim girl. Entertainment industry, take note

Kamala: a smart, teenage, Pakistani girl with aspirations of changing the world. Sound familiar? You would be forgiven for thinking of Malala Yousafzai, now famous for advocating women's rights to education. But while it was the attempted assassination at the hands of the Taliban that brought …

Summer Indie Box Office Preview: The 15 Films With The Most Breakout Potential

“Iron Man 3” kicked the summer movie season off to a very lucrative start this past weekend, grossing $175 million in just three days to find the …

Brain Scans Offer Precise Measurement Of Human Pain

A new study is a first step toward a objective way to measure physical pain.<p>Pain may be personal, but when it comes to a painful burn, people's brains seem to react the same way.<p>A team of researchers administered painful doses of heat to human subjects' forearms, in a range of temperatures from …

‘The Past,’ ‘The Unknown Known’ and ‘The Selfish Giant’ Join Ten Others on Updated List of Best-Reviewed 2013 Films Among Criticwire Members

'The Past,' 'The Unknown Known' and 'The Selfish Giant' Join Ten Others on Updated List of Best-Reviewed 2013 Films Among Criticwire Members<p><i>According</i> …

The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This April

<b>This month on VOD:</b> The latest from the makers of “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” the pleasingly grisly debut from David Cronenberg’s son, a Jeff Buckley …

13 Of The Best Mind-Bending Movies

The 2013 <b>Sundance Film Festival</b> will likely go down in history as one of its finer years, with a nearly unparalleled programming slate of movies that …

Stress-Relief Tools: Do These Old-Fashioned Remedies Really Work?

Chances are, if you searched your office building, you'd find a dusty, old stress ball.<p>These round little numbers are ubiquitous among corporate "freebies," almost taunting the drained office worker who'd rather chuck one at the boss than use it to de-compress. But before you launch yours at the …

10 beach holiday deals: escape to the sun

There was brief respite for some of us at the weekend, as the sun made a rare UK appearance. Sadly, forecasters say we have another fairly grim week …

Scientists track leukaemia's origins 'back to the womb'

<b>Scientists say they have traced the root genetic cause of leukaemia back to early life in the womb.</b><p>The Institute of Cancer Research experts analysed the entire three billion letter sequence of DNA-coding in identical twins to reveal what sets off the disease.<p>They hope the findings, published in …

Shocking! Indian Engineers Introduce Electric ‘Anti-Rape’ Underwear

Three engineers in India have developed undergarments intended to help women fend off unwanted attacks by delivering electric shocks.<p>India’s recent …

April 2013