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Movie Magic: The Search for Transcendence in a Celluloid World

March/April 2010

Out of the Shadow

What's the Prevalence of Porn Doing to Our Psyches?

November/December 2009
A revolution in how people access and use pornography has taken the therapy community by surprise. Now some experts believe that an epidemic of porn use is society's newest and most challenging mental health problems.

Screening Room

Move Over, Meryl: Kate Winslet Ascends to Center Stage

May/June 2009
What separates screen actors who remain enshrined in our memory from those who just momentarily catch our eye?

Screening Room

Inside Out: Frost/Nixon and Milk Hold a Mirror to Our Fears

March/April 2009
Movies are about giving us outsiders in the audience the illusion of being inside the charmed circle of real experience.


Reality isn't what it used to be

January/February 2009
Today we engage the world more often through screens than face-to-face. Without planning to, we've become citizens of Screenworld, a collective state of mind that's profoundly altering our orientation toward reality.

Screening Room

Darkness and Light: Evoking the Flip Sides of the Hollywood Dream Machine

September/October 2008
Two hugely successful films, released on the same weekend this summer, revealed the flip side of the Hollywood experience.

Screening Room

Play It Again, Denzel: Keeping Alive the Traditions of Yesterday's Stars

January/February 2008
American Gangster, Michael Clayton, and 3:10 to Yuma. Our complex relationship with our screen idols is at the root of the Hollywood movie experience.

Screening Room

Getting a Life: Whose Story Are You Living Now?

July/August 2007
As we go through our lifetime metamorphoses, we adapt to those whom we like and hate, envy and fear. We fall in and out of love, and emulate and identify with each aggressor and rescuer who comes our way. Some psychologically ambitious recent films have explored how people shape their identities around those whom they venerate or are obsessed by.

Screening Room

Americocentricity: Babel and Borat force us to look beyond our culture

March/April 2007
A new generation of filmmakers is taking us beyond the Americocentric world of mainstream cinema.
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