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United Nations Association Film Festival: A look at ‘Guangzhou Dream Factory’

“Their Communism is better than some democracies.” This line from the documentary “Guangzhou Dream Factory” elicited some chuckles from the audience. The light was dimmed, and the small screening room was crammed with ardent viewers coming from drastically different walks of life. In fact, many of them had made this pilgrimage to the United Nations…

Andrew Bird lights up Bing with graceful melodies guaranteed to warm your soul

As the light dimmed, multitalented instrumentalist Andrew Bird played his violin to a series of relatively experimental videos, which were eventually revealed to be done in conjunction with his new albums titled “Echolocations.” Moving swiftly from violin to guitar, Bird played violin while singing in smooth, heavenly tones (for all you violinists out there, you’ll…

‘They Live By Night’ uncovers a soft side to a classic criminal couple

“Romantic” is an appropriate epithet for director Nicholas Ray. Best known for “Rebel Without a Cause,” Ray’s works often highlight the struggles of lovers trapped in cruel, cynical milieus. Indeed, his first film, “They Live by Night” (1948), focuses on two young protagonists, the powerful passion they share for each other and the obstacles to…