‘The Beguiled’ subverts male gaze through Sofia Coppola’s powerhouse direction

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“The Beguiled” is a true testament to the woman behind the camera — a film with inspired visuals and masterful performances, and which imparts a needed feminist stamp on a story (the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood, based on Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same name) originally known for its pulp alone.
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One campus, divisible

The presidential election has magnified the divide between UC Berkeley's most active Republican and Democratic student groups.

Each Thursday, the Berkeley College Republicans and the Cal Berkeley Democrats begin announcements at 7:10 p.m. The conflicting meeting times lay the groundwork for partition.
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Jamal, owner and operator of both Banana Sam’s and Hummingbird Cafe on Euclid Avenue, emigrated from Syria to the United States in 1985 at the age of 24. Jamal left Syria to study in the United States and escape the country’s escalating violence, but was unable to return for 20 years.

The Smoothie Man

Berkeley smoothie store owner watches the war back home in Syria from afar

Editor’s Note: Jamal’s last name has been removed from this story in the interest of his family’s safety.  By the time the customers start arriving in the morning, Jamal has been up for hours. He woke at 5 a.m. and drove from his home in Richmond to an Oakland wholesaler
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ALVH-060 - Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) makes an historic speech.

Lincoln brings fresh blood to cliche vampire films

At first sight, previews for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” spurred the only thought that could overshadow the blatant absurdity of its title: “Do we really need more vampire movies?” The answer to that question, of course, is no. Interestingly enough this film succeeds in not only separating itself from much of today’s vampire rage.
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