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Though we may live in a world where the landscape of print media is undergoing major changes brought about by the advent of digital technology and new ways for information to spread throughout the globe, the role of the journalist—vigilant and determined to bring about truth to the masses and hold those in power accountable, has never been more vital.


In the long tradition of music films about brilliant young prodigies that push themselves to the brink of madness perfecting their art, from the 1943 Michel Powell/Emeric Pressburger masterpiece The Red Shoes, to Milos Foreman’s Amadeus and more recent fare like Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, we can now add Whiplash, the extraordinary new film from writer/director Damien Chazelle, to that list.

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