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Recent releases: Forget escape—these films tugs at the conscience


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/recent_releases_forget_escape_these_films_tugs_at_the_conscience_20061110

While Hollywood has always concentrated on escapist entertainment, many filmmakers yearn to go against the grain and make movies that address urgent social and political issues. They have to fight the industry's perennial fear of alienating audiences with stories that hit too close to home. Yet during periods of national turmoil, politically charged movies have shared the spotlight with comic book fantasies and screwball comedies.

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