Mass Media Criticism

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1.
Mad City (1997)
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A disgruntled security guard holds a school trip group hostage, while a news reporter forms a bond with him. (115 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
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15 Minutes (2001)
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A homicide detective and a fire marshal must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings. (120 mins.)
Director: John Herzfeld
 
3.
Cronicas (2004)
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A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo." (108 mins.)
 
4.
Network (1976)
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A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
5.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
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Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. (118 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
6.
S.F.W. (1994)
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An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines. (96 mins.)
Director: Jefery Levy
 
7.
Absence of Malice (1981)
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When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of an union head, the man's life begins to unravel. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
8.
Paparazzi (2004)
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A rising Hollywood actor decides to take personal revenge against a group of four persistent photographers to make them pay for almost causing a personal tragedy involving his wife and son. (84 mins.)
Director: Paul Abascal
 
9.
Paparazzi (1998)
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At a football match, an unscrupulous photographer, Michel Verdier, takes pictures of a celebrity couple... (111 mins.)
 
10.
The Insider (1999)
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A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
11.
The End of Violence (1997)
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Mike Max is a Hollywood producer who became powerful and rich thanks to brutal and bloody action films... (122 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
12.
Scream (1996)
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A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
13.
Civic Duty (2006)
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An American accountant bombarded with cable news and the media's obsession with terrorist plots in the post 9-11 world, receives a jolt when an unattached Islamic graduate student moves in next door. (98 mins.)
Director: Jeff Renfroe
 
14.
Trust (2010)
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A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator. (106 mins.)
Director: David Schwimmer
 
15.
The Chase (1994)
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Escaped convict Jack Hammond takes a woman hostage and sets off for the Mexican border with the police hot on his tail. (94 mins.)
Director: Adam Rifkin
 
16.
To Die For (1995)
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A beautiful but naïve aspiring television personality films a documentary on teenagers with a darker ulterior motive. (106 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
17.
Free Rainer (2007)
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Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution. (130 mins.)
 
18.
Weapons of Mass Distraction (1997 TV Movie)
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Two media moguls get into a nasty power struggle for the ownership of a pro football team which takes a drastic effect on their personal and professional lives. (100 mins.)
Director: Stephen Surjik
 
19.
Live! (2007)
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A mockumentary following an ambitious TV network executive trying to produce a controversial reality show where contestants play Russian Roulette. (96 mins.)
Director: Bill Guttentag
 
20.
Hero (1992)
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A not-so-nice man rescues passengers from a crashed airliner, only to see someone else take credit. (119 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
21.
Wag the Dog (1997)
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Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal. (97 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
22.
Stay Tuned (1992)
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A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish television set and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of shows they find themselves in. (88 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
23.
Edtv (1999)
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A video store clerk agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard