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Passing Shines Light on Parts of Racial Identity More Than Skin Deep

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It is a part of human nature to want to fit in with others around you. However, fitting in comes a lot easier for some than others, thanks to ingrained prejudices. The idea of “passing” as someone you are not is something that has a long history in communities of color, one that is artfully explored in the new film Passing. The film focuses on Irene (Tessa Thompson), whose carefully crafted world in 1920s Harlem…

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Fiery Benedict Cumberbatch Can’t Save Nonsensical the Power of the Dog

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The reputation a filmmaker earns on an acclaimed film can last a long time. Jane Campion won an Oscar for writing 1993’s The Piano, an award that has kept her name golden among cinephiles even though she’s only made four narrative feature films (three of which she wrote) in the nearly 30 years since. After taking a detour into TV in the 2010s, she’s back with her first film in 12 years, The Power of…

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New Documentary Delves Into Fruitcake Fraud at Famed Texas Bakery

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There’s a new documentary about a famous scandal at a beloved Texas fruitcake company. Called Fruitcake Fraud, it covers the notorious case of husband- and-wife Sandy and Kay Jenkins, who embezzled more than $17 million from Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, north of Waco, and it debuted this week. It’s streaming now on Discovery+. Check out the trailer here, featuring interviews with principals, including Bob McNutt, the president of the bakery, who amenably eats a…

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Texas Royal Chef Weighs in on Film’s Portrayal of Princess Diana

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Hollywood’s been royally fawning over Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of Princess Diana — and just about everything else about the new movie Spencer — while the Twitterverse and some critics haven’t been as impressed (this reviewer called it “absurd”). Did Stewart get the princess’ voice right? Did the director take too many liberties with the truth about her eating disorder or her marriage? Was the queen’s house really that cold? (And the queen herself, for that…

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