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What will Hollywood cinema look like in the Trump era?

By Christina Newland

Movies have always reflected social attitudes and trends – and that could prove especially vital over the next four years.

How The Dark Knight Rises foreshadowed the dawn of Trump

By Henry Bevan

Christopher Nolan’s film tells of a unqualified maniac who ruthlessly exploits a crumbling establishment.

How Gridlock’d exposed America’s broken healthcare system

By Thomas Hobbs

This Tupac and Tim Roth starring social drama feels more relevant today than ever.

Threads should be compulsory viewing for America’s President-elect

By Brogan Morris

Not even Trump could deny this harrowing vision of nuclear war.

How Network predicted the insidious rise of ‘fake news’

By Edward Cripps

Sidney Lumet’s prophetic 1976 satire warned of the moral erosion of mainstream media 40 years ago.

Why Signs is the ultimate alien invasion film for the Trump era

By Jonathan Bacon

M Night Shyamalan’s claustrophobic tale of aliens landing speaks to the fearful mindset that led to Trump.

Read Ethan Coen’s darkly hilarious New York Times editorial

By David Jenkins

One half of America’s greatest filmmaking family unit takes aim at the Trump enablers.

The Rule Book – Bridge of Spies and the shifting Constitutional battleground

By Sam Adams

Steven Spielberg’s spy drama is an important reminder that being American is not a matter of where you were born but what you believe.

Now is the time to watch Jimmy Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” speech

By David Jenkins

The one-time Democratic president’s message is well worth revisiting in our troubled political times.

How to rig an election (according to the movies)

By Nick Chen

From subliminal messaging to phoney wars, here’s how to screw over your political rival, Hollywood style.

Mike Drop – How Channing Tatum and President Obama redrew the template for masculinity

By Simran Hans

Simran Hans considers the link between two of America’s most prominent and progressive leading men.

A New Hope – Black empowerment and symbolic casting in contemporary blockbusters

By Caspar Salmon

Our Obama Era Cinema series continues with Caspar Salmon reflecting on the vitriolic online backlash to recent progress in Hollywood casting.

You’ve Been Trumped Too

By David Jenkins

Director Anthony Baxter takes an ineffectual swipe at potential world leader and heartless golf course builder, The Donald.

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White Gaze – How films of anxiety and introspection clouded America’s dominant perspective

By Stephen Winter

In our latest Obama Era Cinema essay, Stephen Winter considers the impact of two controversial role reversal fantasies.

Black Lives Matter – Social media activism and the politics of protest

By Katherine McLaughlin

How a handful of filmmakers and a simple hashtag turned stories of African-American oppression into a national concern.

U-S-A 4EVA – An inaugural address to the Spring Break nation

By Adam Lee Davies

How might President Barack Obama’s famous speech have looked had it been co-written by a certain James Franco?

Blue Collar Blues – Southern identity and disillusionment in the cinema of Jeff Nichols

By Glenn Heath Jr

Each of the Arkansas director’s films addresses pressing social concerns affecting working-class white voters.

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