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Race and beyond: Why #oscarssowhite matters

The film industry exercises a huge amount of influence on perceptions of success in America—or the lack thereof.... Read more»

Sicario’s dirty war on Mexican cartels is not yet reality

Denis Villeneuve’s movie gets much right about the borderlands but crosses the line into exaggeration. A veteran border correspondent compares the film’s underworld to the one he knows. ... Read more»

Rosemont Mine exposé screens at Loft Cinema

A documentary film backed by opponents of the Rosemont Mine project will be shown Sunday afternoon. "Flin Flon Flim Flam" is the second project directed by investigative reporter John Dougherty to focus on the proposed copper mine south of Tucson. ... Read more»

Cooperative 'Festival of Films' showcases Tucson movie fests

This weekend's inaugural Tucson Festival of Films will feature work curated by eight local movie festivals, collaborating on a three-day selection of representative films. Most will be screened at the Temple of Music and Art in Downtown.... Read more»

Marathon concert to boost 'Mariachi Miracle' documentary

A concert Saturday will trumpet the need to raise money to complete "The Mariachi Miracle" documentary, which will tell the story of Tucson's historic role in the youth mariachi movement. Mariachi Luz de Luna,Vox Urbana, will perform.... Read more»

Some states yell 'cut' on film tax credits

Louisiana residents may go gaga over Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson when they arrive in the state later this year to film a movie about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. But Louisiana and some other states are starting to question whether they are giving up too much to attract such star power.... Read more»

All Souls documentary launches Az film festival Thursday

“Many Bones, One Heart,” a documentary based on Tucson’s All Souls Procession, will launch the 2015 Arizona International Film Festival at The Rialto Theatre on Thursday night. ... Read more»

Video: ScarJo loves Downtown Tucson

Scarlett Johansson loves Downtown, and somebody in city government really wants you to know about it. A video clip of the star's Oscar-night remark about Tucson was posted on by a "COTecondev" Youtube account Wednesday afternoon.... Read more»

Latin stereotypes prevalent in film, TV. Will Disney’s new princess be another?

Disney introduced a new princess to its Magic Kingdom this month, but the public’s response was about much more than the style of her dress or what type of animal friends she will have. Princess Elena of Avalor will arrive to the Disney Junior network in 2016 as the first Latina princess and her character is spurring conversations on what it truly means to represent a Latin American in pop culture.... Read more»

Groundhog Day: Same as it ever was

Every Feb. 2, it's time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Here in the Sentinel newsroom, we'd rather watch the same old Youtube videos than check whether some rodent is having a bad hair day. Enjoy!... Read more»

Robin Williams dead of apparent suicide

Robin Williams, a legendary comedic actor whose versatility belied his frequent roles as a bumbler, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide. Williams, 63, died in his Tiburon, Calif., home, authorities said. The Marin County Sheriff's Office "suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia."... Read more»

Dressing up as cowboys and Indians is big in Germany

Inspired by Karl May's pulp novels and the movies they spawned, many Germans are fascinated by the Wild West. But with tens of thousands of German hobbyists donning feathers and camping in teepees on the weekends, real Native Americans have begun to wonder whether some Germans love them just a little too much.... Read more»

Colibri Center launch puts human faces to border issues

Hoping to put faces to border issues, the launch of the Colibri Center for Human Rights featured an award-winning documentary about one family's loss. The Tucson-based group hopes to establish the most comprehensive data set on missing border crossers and unidentified remains along the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

Colibri Center for Human Rights debuts with Saturday screening

Home of the most comprehensive data about missing border crossers and unidentified remains along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Colibri Center for Human Rights will celebrate their opening with the local premiere of award-winning film "Who is Dayani Cristal?" on Saturday.... Read more»

How Brits actually sound versus how Hollywood thinks they sound

For a country slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, the United Kingdom has an astonishing wealth of regional accents. ... Read more»

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