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Jennifer Epps is a peace, social justice, pro-democracy, environmentalist and animal activist in L.A. She has also been a scriptwriter, stage director, actor, puppeteer, and film critic. Her political film reviews are collected at: http://jenniferepps.blogspot.com

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       Sunday, January 12, 2014
"12 Years a Slave" and the Oscars Why the film "12 Years a Slave", now the Golden Globe Award winner for Best Picture - Drama, should win the Academy Award for Best Picture on March 2nd.
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       Sunday, September 15, 2013
Secrecy and Surveillance in "Closed Circuit" -- film review Film review of the new British spy movie "Closed Circuit," a fast-paced, cerebral thriller about the national security state in Britain post-9/11. The courtroom/espionage fiction feature exposes the dangers of allowing governments to engage in both surveillance and secrecy. In theaters now.
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       Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The North Koreans Are Coming! The North Koreans Are Coming!: review of "Olympus Has Fallen" Review of jingoistic, fascististic action movie "Olympus Has Fallen", which arrives on DVD while the U.S. is conducting military drills against the movie's villain, North Korea; just like how the film arrived in theaters when the U.S. was conducting simulated nuclear drills against North Korea this past spring.
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       Saturday, August 17, 2013
Sorkin's Simplistic Take on Operation Tailwind: Special Report on 'The Newsroom' Despite a concern for journalistic courage and a much-vaunted fidelity to underdogs, Aaron Sorkin's HBO series "The Newsroom" takes the side of CNN top brass in evaluating the 1998 news story on Operation Tailwind, rather than considering the side of the maligned reporters.
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       Monday, July 22, 2013
Oscar Grant, Witness for Trayvon Martin: "Fruitvale Station" review In the new film Fruitvale Station, Oscar Grant is essentially a character witness for Trayvon, and for scores of other young black men who've died at the hands of "law enforcement'
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       Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Star Trek and the War on Terror Analysis of the political commentary in "Star Trek Into Darkness" with regards to the 'War on Terror' and the policies of both Bush and Obama.
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       Tuesday, November 20, 2012
LINCOLN: Making History Film review of Steven Spielberg's new film "Lincoln" and a commentary on its relevance to our times: Obama, the 2012 election, and the current movement to amend the constitution to return democracy to the people and take it out of the hands of corporations.
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       Saturday, October 13, 2012
Iran, Politics, and Film: "Argo" or "A Separation"? Review of "Argo", Ben Affleck's film about the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979; review of the award-winning Iranian film "A Separation", now out on DVD; and a discussion of the history and politics of U.S.-Iranian relations.

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       Tuesday, August 14, 2012
"The Dark Knight Rises", Media Violence, & Social Change An essay on "The Dark Knight Rises" and a society so inundated with media and high-tech diversions it is almost living in a virtual reality. The analysis looks at the impact of violent imagery and political messages like those in the Batman movie, and suggests we take action.

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       Tuesday, May 1, 2012
"The Island President" and the Maldives Coup: Ground Zero for Climate Change & Human Rights The new documentary "The Island President" shows what a remarkable leader the first elected president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, is. It follows his efforts to control carbon emissions and save his country from drowning as a result of climate change. This film is especially important after a coup in the Maldives replaced Nasheed.
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       Monday, March 12, 2012
The Lorax: a Film-Which-Everyone-Needs Movie review of the new animated feature film "The Lorax".

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       Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Miss-Dragon Tattoo-Representation Feminist analysis of how both the Hollywood and Swedish films of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have been promoted via the context of the novel, author Stieg Larsson's agenda, the character of Lisbeth Salander, and the actual content of the new film. The critique of female imagery in mass media proposed by the documentary Miss Representation is the lens.
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       Saturday, December 4, 2010
FEAR AND LOATHING IN O.C.: Bush Hawks His Wares in the Temple A report, the way Hunter S. Thompson might have filed it, on Bush's book tour event at Pastor Rick Warren's megachurch in Orange County, CA

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       Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"If Stephen Hawking Lived in England" and Other Great Points the Left Doesn't Want You to Know A Baker's dozen of talking points on health care. They're original creations but are based on real attitudes.
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       Sunday, August 16, 2009
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Health Care Forum My experience at a Health Care Town Hall and the deafness of the right-wingers there to my experience with the Canadian and British health care systems, and to what the U.S. Constitution actually says.

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       Sunday, January 25, 2009
US Media Accused of Racist Gaza Coverage Lack of coverage, and inaccurate reporting, of large U.S. protests against the assault on Gaza draws further protests and critiques against the media itself from peace activists.
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       Sunday, January 4, 2009
U.S. Voices Oppose Gaza 'Massacre', Obama's low profile Like they did for the Iraq War, the corporate media has grossly under-represented this week's U.S. peace protests against Israel's assault on Gaza. Here's the scoop.

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       Wednesday, December 10, 2008
L.A. Protest Against the Siege of Gaza Eye-witness account of L.A. protest in front of Israeli Consulate Dec. 4th

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       Thursday, September 4, 2008
THE IMPEACHMENT FILES: Isn't It Too Late? Preface to several pieces to come about Rep. Dennis Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment for President George W. Bush. Prepares the way for further pieces by extending the timeline; raises the notion that impeachment is valid even beyond Jan. 2009.

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       Saturday, June 21, 2008
HEALTH ADVISORY: Invasion of the Impeachophobes The Bush Administration's High Crimes and Misdemeanors flourish while congressional Democrats succumb to the Pelosi Pathogen and a widespread epidemic of Impeachophobia.

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