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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ cast discusses mental health in the social media generation

On Sept. 24, the Tony-award winning musical is moving from the stage to movie theaters nationwide. In a virtual roundtable with cast members Ben Platt, Amandla Stenberg, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Kaitlyn Dover and Danny Pino, as well as writer Steven Levenson and director Stephen Chbosky, The Chronicle explored the process behind this heartwarming film.

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Q&A: Duke alum Prashanth Kamalakanthan on creating his first feature film

After graduating from Duke, Prashanth Kamalakanthan, Trinity ‘14, went on to pursue a career as a journalist and filmmaker. Over the past few years, he has been working on his first feature film “Have a Nice Life,” of which he is writer, director and editor. It will premiere for North American audiences at the 2021 Maryland Film Festival on May 23 at 4 p.m. EST. 


"Cidade de Deus" is a beautiful, sprawling film — with a troubling legacy.
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The complicated legacy of 'Cidade de Deus'

When it came time to write about “Cidade de Deus” for class, I wanted to focus on these powerful performances, the unique editing, the perfect score or the exciting camera work, but I couldn’t help but think about the film’s production, response and aftermath, all of which have complicated its legacy.  


"Bliss" tries to tell a compelling, confusing science-fiction story about simulated realities to baffling, ineffective results.
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'Bliss' is a movie filled with anything but

Director Mike Cahill is known for ambiguous science fiction that probes thought-provoking questions from the audience, but this film fails to do anything new. Open-ended questions are plentiful in the science-fiction genre, but they need a purpose.