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‘First Reformed’ is a stark reflection on climate change, hypocrisy and ‘God’s plan’

“Can God forgive us for what we’ve done to this world?” That is the question which Michael, the radical environmental activist, poses to a disturbed pastor at the beginning of First Reformed. It is the question that haunts this small, brutally beautiful film, the latest from writer-director Paul Schrader, the cinema legend who penned the scripts for Taxi Driver and Raging Bull […]

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The disjunction of filmmaker Mary Helena Clark

Mary Helena Clark

Headroom Screening Series Presents: Mary Helena Clark FilmScene — Thu., Mar. 31 at 6 p.m. On Thursday, Mar. 31, at 6 p.m., the Headroom Screening Series (which, according to it’s website, is a “roving microcinema that collaborates with local venues to curate screenings and other media-related events and performances”) will be hosting a free screening […]

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The ‘Core Four’ won: Now what?

City Hall

Mayor Matt Hayek warned that, if elected, the Core Four would return Iowa City to the ‘anti-growth, micro-managing city hall of eras past.’ Now, having swept the election, the Core Four gets its chance to prove him wrong. As the air gets colder and the prairie wind begins to unleash its bite, the hearts of […]

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Finding a balance in Iowa City’s District A

Iowa City Council

As discourse over downtown high-rises and the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIFs) dominates the public conversation leading up to the Iowa City Council race, an entirely different set of issues drives the District A contest between incumbent councilman Rick Dobyns and his sole challenger, nurse and community activist Pauline Taylor: racial disparity in Iowa […]

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County wage ordinace weighs heavy on city election

City Council Candidate forum

Update: On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Iowa City Council indicated that while they plan on allowing the county ordinance to go into effect, leading to a minimum wage increase to $8.20 in Iowa City next month (the first of several wage increases through 2017), councilors stressed the need for a comprehensive analysis of the ordinance […]

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