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12:08 East Of BucharestDirected by Corneliu Porumboiu. In limited release."12:08 East of Bucharest...carefully builds a sly and unexpected human comedy out of a dispute over whether a revolution would still be a revolution if nobody showed up."Review by Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times.Dans Paris..

12:08 East Of Bucharest
Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. In limited release.

"12:08 East of Bucharest...carefully builds a sly and unexpected human comedy out of a dispute over whether a revolution would still be a revolution if nobody showed up."

Review by Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times.

Dans Paris (In Paris)
Directed by Christophe Honoré. Playing at the IFC Center in Greenwich. Also on Video On Demand.

"Dans Paris is very much...about that glorious, fizzy, enlivening flashpoint when you think love might have struck, and that crushing, seemingly bottomless moment when you know it has left the room for good."

Review by Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

Rocket Science
Directed by Jeffrey Blitz. In limited release.

"...sharp dialogue and wacky non sequiturs aside, the deep pleasure of Rocket Science is the way it resists easy classification. Pic unexpectedly deepens into a poignant and amusing reflection on the universal nature of love..."

Review by Justin Chang, Variety.

2 Days In Paris
Directed by Julie Delpy. In limited release.

"Ms. Delpy's and Mr. Goldberg's performances are so assured and spontaneous that they don't even seem to be acting; they're living their roles in front of our eyes. As they tear each other to shreds, 2 Days in Paris becomes a meditation on the unknowable essence of another person, even an intimate partner."

Review by Stephen Holden, 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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