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In A World Full Of Surveillance, This Artist Stares Back

When artist Trevor Paglen looks up at the night sky, there’s beauty and wonder, but also a planet completely transformed by humans into a “landscape of surveillance.” His new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, “Sites Unseen,” offers a new way to look at very familiar landscapes. Jeffrey Brown reports on Paglen’s latest obsession: how artificial intelligence is reshaping imagery. Continue Reading In A World Full Of Surveillance, This Artist Stares Back

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FILM REVIEW: Style Over Substance In ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’

Let’s face it. Paul Rudd has an ageless, amiable persona which translates perfectly to the big screen. It served him and the story really well in the first Ant-Man movie (2015). He’s now back as ex-thief Scott Lang, joined by  Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne/Wasp), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), and Laurence Fishburne (Dr. Bill Foster). However, there’s a fundamental problem this time. The freshness is largely gone, and the visuals are significantly more clever and amusing than most of the dialogue. Continue Reading FILM REVIEW: Style Over Substance In ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’

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FILM REVIEW: An Ethical Purgatory At The Southern Border In ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

Day of the Soldado reunites CIA agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and the “hitman” of the title, Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro). With the initial blessing of the Secretary of Defense (Matthew Modine) and the supervision of a CIA handler (Catherine Keener), Graver and Gillick engineer a false-flag kidnapping to turn two Mexican cartels against each other. Continue Reading FILM REVIEW: An Ethical Purgatory At The Southern Border In ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

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