Still image from Natural Life. Reenactments in prison cell shot at an abandoned prison in Jackson, Michigan.
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Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life without parole for minors falls under “cruel and unusual punishment.” But the states are still deciding what to do with current inmates sentenced to life as children, and to date Michigan is among the states with the most juvenile lifers in the country.

Last month, I attended a screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service and sat behind a mother and father who had brought with them a boy who appeared to be maybe six or seven years old.

Don’t let the title fool you: Black or White has nothing to do with Michael Jackson or Macaulay Culkin or those really-cool-in-a-1991-sort-of-way digital tricks used in the duo’s famous music video.

Instead of a pop-song lecture about equality, this Black or White gives Detroit-born Mike Binder an opportunity to tackle a hot-button issue: What is the best environment in which to raise a mixed-race child?

For a director, seeing your first movie win an Academy Award can be the best - or worst - thing that could ever happen. It certainly proved to be a mixed blessing for Rob Marshall, who watched his 2002 version of Chicago take home the best picture prize.

For many filmgoers, Christopher Nolan has become one of those filmmakers whose movies are certifiable events. Nolan is the man who gave us the Dark Knight trilogy, as well as the devilishly tricky mystery Memento and the spectacular mind game Inception