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Michael Moore saw this coming. Last summer, when Hillary Clinton was enjoying a seemingly insurmountable lead over Donald Trump, the documentary filmmaker correctly predicted that the billionaire businessman would capture the White House. What’s more impressive is that Moore, the director of “Roger & Me,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” and “Bowling for Columbine,” knew that Trump’s victory would come down to recapturing a group of Rust Belt states (Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) that had been reliably Democratic.
Moore takes no joy in being right. He’s alarmed by the prospect of a Trump presidency and believes that the Obama agenda will be swiftly dismantled by the Republican-controlled Congress. Moore spoke with Variety about why liberals lost, what Democrats need to do now, and who he’d want to run in 2020.
Jake Chessum for Variety
Journalist Salena Zito said the press took Trump “literally, but not seriously,” while his supporters took him “seriously, »
- Brent Lang
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On December 14, 2012, tragedy stuck Newtown, Connecticut, after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The massacre made national headlines and forever changed the lives of the families living in the quiet Connecticut suburb. Kim A. Snyder’s acclaimed documentary “Newtown” gathers parents of the victims and teachers to provide tense and heartbreaking memories from the fateful day and all that followed. It’s a harrowing watch, but one Snyder crafts in a necessary and urgent way.
The director spends a majority of the film following the families of three young victims—Daniel Barden, Ben Wheeler, and Dylan Hockley—through the unimaginable aftermath of that horrific day. It’s from »
- Zack Sharf
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