Stories by Sheerly Avni

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Posted on: Feb 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

These movies resonate with my sense of what being a woman means.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Documentary filmmaker Ari Folman's new film, 'Waltz with Bashir," shows the horror of war, beyond human comprehension.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2007, Source: Las Vegas Weekly

ShowTime's <i>Weeds</i>, one of the smartest shows on TV, puffs its way to a third season, with the premiere airing on Monday night.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2007, Source: Truthdig

How do you make the best movie of the year -- possibly the decade -- and still get pummeled at the box office by Ben Stiller and a CGI dinosaur? Hollywood's complete obsession with the box office is the answer.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2006, Source: Truthdig

The new Leonardo DiCaprio-starring movie about African diamond smugglers may be a schizophrenic mess, but it’s also one of the most powerful films you’ll see all year.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2006, Source: Truthdig

Spike Lee's HBO doc about Hurricane Katrina is a haunting and expertly told story that shows how little our government truly cares about many of its citizens.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2006, Source: Truthdig

The director of the new comedy 'Friends With Money' opens up about the complexities of women's relationships with cash -- and with each other.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2006, Source: Truthdig

A new reality series has a black family and a white family switch skin colors. But is that really the whole difference?

Posted on: Feb 9, 2006, Source: Truthdig

Tommy Lee Jones takes on immigration, racism and forgiveness in his new film, 'The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.'

Posted on: Jan 23, 2006, Source: AlterNet

In her new book, 'Money: A Memoir,' Liz Perle argues that when it comes to their wallets, women still have a long way to go.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2006, Source: Truthdig

Although James Frey is off the hook, if Oprah loses faith in nonfiction, it could cripple the immensely popular -- and profitable -- memoir market.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In her new book, Maureen Dowd aims to explore the 'spectacle of gender in America.' But Dowd's America is like none that most of us have seen.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2005, Source: AlterNet

From multiple mates to gay tolerance to untraditional marriage roles, these birds are not at all the role models the Christian Right would make them out to be.  

Posted on: Sep 9, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Political comedian Margaret Cho talks about Hurricane Katrina, stupid white men, and the question on everyone's lips: when can we be funny again?

Posted on: Aug 23, 2005, Source: Pacific News Service

As 'The Aristocrats' opens nationwide, co-director Paul Provenza explains why Chris Rock and Whoopi Goldberg are the only blacks in his documentary.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Forget empowering, encouraging, affirming or celebrated -- here are ten movies that feature <I>real</I> women.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2003, Source: Salon

A top marketing expert shows how the abortion rights movement can fight back against increasingly restrictive climate.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2002, Source: Salon

Sorry, People: The guy who took the sizzle out of sex with a lesbian in "Chasing Amy" is just a bland everyman -- even if he is dating J.Lo.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2002, Source: Salon

Psychiatrist and drug researcher Dr. Charles Grob sees value in MDMA -- when it's taken in therapy, not at a rave.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2000, Source: YO! Youth Outlook

"People were cheering. I think they saw that we had more heart." -- "Rocky," on winning the fight of the night at a boxing club in Napa, California.