‘The Hater’ on Netflix: Film Review

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Reteaming provocative Polish director Jan Komasa with screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz, “The Hater” hits Netflix mere months after the duo’s acclaimed impostor-priest drama “Corpus Christi” was nominated for the Oscars’ newly rechristened international feature award. Timing wise, that’s a savvy acquisition of a youth-targeted thriller that deals with such topics as ethics, elections and online obsession, further boosted by the movie’s recent win at the Tribeca Film Festival — the event may have been canceled by the coronavirus, but the jury still voted, picking “The Hater” as the best of its international competition.

Such bona fides may inspire the streams for this . But Netflix has oddly omitted one key detail: “The Hater” is a sequel to Komasa’s 2011 button-pusher “Suicide Room.”

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‘I Want to Be the Most Honest Ally for My Community’

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James Rodriguez was a freshman at New York University when the then-aspiring actor first learned that his Mexican-American heritage was going to be a problem for Hollywood.

He had just nailed an audition for a big feature film, but the casting director was put off by the fact that his Caucasian-like skin tone was out of sync with his last name. So he was offered the chance to read for the role of a gang member, only to be told that he wasn’t right for that, either.

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“I didn’t look Latino enough,” he recalls. “They basically didn’t know what to do with me.”

The movie was Primal Fear. The lead role in question launched Ed Norton’s career.

Three years later, on the eve of his college graduation, Rodriguez nailed another big audition for a series-regular role in a buzzy, DreamWorks-produced TV pilot. But the issue of

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You’ve found a home you like. Now what?

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When Liang Zhao and her husband decided to start looking for a dream home in late 2018, they were up for the challenge. “We had been renting in New York since 2011, and our parents were like, ‘You both make enough money, it’s time for you to put down some roots and stop throwing money away on rent,” says Zhao, a 32-year-old entrepreneur with a marketing consultancy.

So began the home buying process of speaking to a lender about the size of the mortgage they could potentially afford. Once they decided on the price range, they started putting away funds for the down payment, closing costs, repairs, and moving expenses. 

Referrals from family and friends helped them to find a broker they could trust. “Buying a house is a pretty strenuous process and the broker sees all of our personal financials,” says Zhao. “We wanted someone who truly understood the

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Can shopping malls survive the coronavirus pandemic and a new slate of permanent store closings?

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Just when many shopping malls had finally figured out how to adapt to the era of digital retail, the coronavirus pandemic upended everything.

Having seen their recent move toward dining, entertainment, fitness and personal services come to a screeching halt – a pivot that was supposed to help them survive the Amazon age – malls throughout America are suddenly running out of time.

With J.C. Penney trying to avoid liquidation, smaller retailers closing or requesting rent relief, and venues like theaters still temporarily shut down due to COVID-19, anywhere from 1 in 4 malls to 1 in 2 could go out of business altogether, analysts projected.

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Los Angeles on verge of ‘red’ threat level, mayor says

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The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 570,000 people worldwide.

Over 13 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 135,582 deaths.

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Tucker Carlson criticizes racist comments of show writer but offers no apology

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Tucker Carlson at Fox News studios in Manhattan on Oct. 1, 2018. <span class="copyright">(Jennifer S. Altman / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Tucker Carlson at Fox News studios in Manhattan on Oct. 1, 2018. (Jennifer S. Altman / Los Angeles Times)

Fox News host Tucker Carlson distanced himself and his program from the incendiary hate speech posted online by a former writer who worked on his top-rated program.

But critics who expected an apology from the conservative cable provocateur for the out-of-office behavior of Blake Neff, who worked on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” since January 2017, did not get one. He even delivered a parting shot at them.

“What Blake wrote anonymously was wrong,” Carlson said Monday on his program, reading from a statement. “We don’t endorse those words, they have no connection to the show. It is wrong to attack people for qualities they cannot control. In this country we judge people for what they do, not for how they were born. We often say that because we mean it. We’ll continue

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Trump’s demand that schools fully reopen spurned by big districts

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President Donald Trump has spent the past two weeks demanding — often in all caps on Twitter — that American schools reopen this fall.

But America’s biggest school systems are rejecting the president across the country, with one city and county after another opting for virtual education or just a few days a week in school. And the president has little power to do anything about it.

The Los Angeles and San Diego school districts announced Monday they will start the upcoming school year with full distance learning. New York City schools will offer a mix of in-person classes and online learning. In suburban D.C., Maryland’s largest district is proposing to start the year with virtual learning. Other districts are considering just two or three days a week in the classroom, with kids continuing to learn from home the rest of the time.

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Depression Is My Personal Death Star. Here’s How I Fought It.

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Dads take care of their kids. We make sacrifices. It’s what we’re called to do. Except when it results in a planet getting blown up.

Picture it: Luke’s in his X-Wing, hurtling down the Death Star trench. He’s got to make this shot or the Rebellion is doomed. Darth Vader swoops in behind.

Oh, no! R2 is hit!

Luke turns around to make sure that R2 is okay. That’s what he’s supposed to do, right? Take care of the feisty robot.

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California closing all bars, indoor restaurants statewide

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The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 570,000 people worldwide.

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