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Ken Burns Delves Deeply Into America's Complex Racial History

The documentary filmmaker has been chosen to deliver this year's Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government for work in the field.
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Tilda Swinton May Be A Rock Star, But Her New Film Leaves Her Speechless

In A Bigger Splash, she and director Luca Guadagnino line up the trials for their lead — including leaving the rock star character voiceless. They say it was at once a challenge and a joy.
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2016: Age Of The On-Screen Black Superhero

From Black Panther to Luke Cage, filmmakers say audiences today demand superheroes that better reflect their world. Comic creators say it's about time TV and movies caught up with diversity in comics.
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The Black Panther May Have His Roots In A 15th Century African Kingdom

Yes, he's a comic book character. And he lives in an imaginary place. But it may be based on a regional powerhouse that flourished in what is now Zimbabwe.
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'I Don't Think We Really See Migrants,' Says Creator Of New Film 'Dheepan'

French director Jacques Audiard won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his story of a Tamil Tiger who gives up the fight to try and find a better life in France.
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'Captain America: Civil War' Captures Politics Of The Moment

The Marvel Cinematic Universe's new movie, Captain America: Civil War, opens Friday. As a character, Captain America has long responded to the politics of the time and this movie is no different.
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Superheroes Engage In All Out 'Civil War' In The Latest 'Captain America' Film

The new movie from Marvel Studios features almost all the members of the Avengers superhero collective. Critic David Edelstein calls it an irresistible hodgepodge of special effects and superheroes.
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'Captain America' Is Trending In Nigeria But You Might Be Surprised Why

Nigerian netizens are using the hashtag #CaptainAmericaInNigeria as a vehicle for cheeky social and political commentary.
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Theaters Welcome Another Superhero Movie: 'Captain America: Civil War'

Captain America: Civil War is the latest offering from the Marvel universe and it's a thriller with strong political themes. It already opened overseas and has brought in more than $200 million.
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From 'Once' To 'Sing Street': Director John Carney Infuses Movies With Music

The Irish director and screenwriter talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about his new film, which tells the story of a young teenager in 1980s Dublin who discovers pop music and starts a band.

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