Best Picture Contenders Focus on Timely Issues Like Politics, Addiction

Hollywood has long excelled at telling stories that are cut from reality, featuring topical ingredients that tie escapism to the world we inhabit. Whether it’s true stories from the past or present that help to inform our current social landscape, or wholly creative pieces of fiction that oftentimes touch upon progressive collective change, filmmakers continue […]

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Global Migration Meets Magic in Mohsin Hamid’s Timely Novel

Mr. Hamid’s “Exit West” seems poised to become one of this year’s most important literary works.
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Books of The Times: ‘How Propaganda Works’ Is a Timely Reminder for a Post-Truth Age

Jason Stanley analyzes modern propaganda and notes that it can pose a grave danger to democracies as well as totalitarian regimes.
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Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ emerges as a timely rallying cry

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 file photo, director Ken Loach, left, and leader of Britain's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, pose together for photographers upon their arrival at the premiere of the film "I, Daniel Blake" in London. The film, which won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d'Or, has powerfully struck a nerve, tapping into the same working-class frustrations that are upending politics in Europe and the U.S. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — British director Ken Loach has for 50 years been making lauded dramas rich in social realism that give dignity to the dispossessed. But his "I, Daniel Blake," which won the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, has powerfully struck a nerve, tapping into the same working-class frustrations that are upending politics in Europe and the U.S.



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