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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 5 2015

In that sad little circle of social-media hell reserved for the compulsively indignant, some bloggers have been decrying the fact that apparently able-bodied actors Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore won Oscars Sunday for playing disabled characters—Redmayne for impersonating ALS-afflicted Stephen Hawking, Moore for pretending to be a woman with early-onset dementia. "You know who would be remarkable at transforming themselves into disabled people? Of really getting into the mind of someone in that situation and understanding their motivations?" wrote Amy Stockwell of Mamamia Women's Network, her scorn outstripping her syntax. "Yep, people with a disability." Never mind, oh, so many little things, like the tricky logistics of getting someone with ALS to portray the pre-wheelchair Hawking. What's annoying about screeds like this is their hostility toward the possibilities of empathy and skill. In the world of the new electronic puritans, where transformation is theft, the only good actor is the one who isn't acting. Henceforth, all movies must be documentaries. Continue reading >>

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