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Manufactured LandscapesDirected by Jennifer Baichwal. In limited release."The film opens with an amazing eight-minute pan of a seemingly endless Chinese factory….there follows a succession of visually rewarding images (by Mettler and Burtynsky) of sights and sites that the word ‘beautiful' is rarely..\n

Manufactured Landscapes
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal. In limited release.

"The film opens with an amazing eight-minute pan of a seemingly endless Chinese factory….there follows a succession of visually rewarding images (by Mettler and Burtynsky) of sights and sites that the word ‘beautiful' is rarely used to describe… like something out of a German expressionist film."

Review by V.A. Musetto, The New York Post.

Directed by Michael Moore. In general release.

"In Canada he encounters a man who caught a hockey puck the wrong way and sliced off all the fingers on his hand. "Socialized medicine" put the fingers back. By contrast, an American who sliced off only two fingertips was told one tip would cost $60,000 to repair but the other only $12,000. He chose the $12,000 operation."

Review by Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter.

Directed by Barbara Albert. Opens at the Anthology Film Archives, in Manhattan.

"At once a character study times five and something of a generational snapshot, Falling is the most recent feature from Barbara Albert, a gifted writer and director who's helping heat up the Austrian film scene."

Review by Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

Over the G.W.
Directed by Nick Gaglia. Open at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in Manhattan.

"Over the G W is a disturbing look at reprogramming that masquerades as rehabilitation. Having been forced to drink the Kool-Aid, Mr. Gaglia has produced a work that's as much an act of emesis as of filmmaking."

Review by Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times.
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Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign looks to be getting a huge big shot in the arm after it's faced some difficulties over the past few weeks.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading voice in the Democratic parties progressive, Democratic Socialist wing, is expected to endorse Sanders' campaign at the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens, New York this Saturday.

Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

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The U.K. is trying to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but aviation may become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.K. by that same year. A new study commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and conducted at the Imperial College London says that in order for the U.K. to reach its target, aviation can only see a 25% increase, and they've got a very specific recommendation on how to fix it: Curb frequent flyer programs.

Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

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