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‘Deepwater Horizon’ Is at Best Incomplete, at Worst Dishonest

Peter Berg’s disaster movie is so entranced by individual bravery it mostly forgets about corporate villainy.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 4, Episode 1 - “Ghost”

Ghost Rider shifts Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from sci-fi to supernatural; will the series survive the transition?

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‘Deepwater Horizon’ Will Entertain You Even If It Fails to Enrage You

Peter Berg’s gripping disaster thriller is a cautionary tale about greed, hubris, and ginormous explosions.

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Saddle Up for a Bloody Good Ride With ‘The Magnificent Seven’

Antoine Fugua’s re-imagining of the Western classic is a glorious orgy of machismo and mayhem.

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Guys & Dolls & Stiffs in ‘Stop, You’re Killing Me’

A slight case of murder gets even slighter in this '50s remake.

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Is the Flash Fast Enough in Season 2?

The Flash remains true to its namesake character and proves that DC Comics can indeed be translated successfully (and accurately) into live action.

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8 Sep 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Reluctant Superhero: The Bionics

Television sci-fi finally landed on a winning formula with the reluctant, cyborg-like bionic superheroes, Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers.

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Tights and Pride in ‘Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season’

The fourth season of Arrow looks toward a wider universe.

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Writing in Subtext: The Brilliance and the Problems of ‘Steven Universe’

Steven Universe may be one of the most progressive cartoons ever, but it still stumbles when it comes to depictions of race.

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The Girl of Steel Gets It Right in the First Season

Supergirl manages to balance a large (and growing) ensemble cast with aplomb, but any show with this many costumed characters can come off as a bit silly.

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‘Don’t Breathe’ Won’t Even Give You the Breath to Scream

With surprises and scares, Fede Alvarez's thriller keeps everyone but The Blind Man unnerved.

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‘Gotham: Season 2’ Is a Muddled, Middling, and Messy Fare

Gotham steeps itself in Batman lore without ever becoming too faithful, its piety only extending far enough to communicate its loose ties to the source material.

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‘Midnight Run’ Is Among the Best of the ‘80s Film Offerings

Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro form a dynamic comic duo in this road trip from Hell.

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‘DarkMaus’ Creates a Community of One

DarkMaus mimics the feel of an online community while being an entirely offline game.

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The Stillness That Slays: Buffy, “The Gift”, and the Avoidance of Choice

Buffy's final action in "The Gift" is both a noble sacrifice and a narrative evasion of the hard choices the series is predicated on.

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‘Pete’s Dragon’ Soars Higher Than Other Recent Remakes

Pete’s Dragon is a fun unabashedly kid-friendly film that makes old-fashioned, simple storytelling cool again.

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Someone Needs to Stop ‘Suicide Squad’ Before It Kills Again

Suicide Squad forgoes interesting characters and engaging plotlines in favor of faux nihilism and flat one-liners.

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‘Star Trek Beyond’ Treks Towards Planet Hollywood

Justin Lin helms creates a popcorn-friendly Fast and Furious Star Trek with Roddenberry's original vision jettisoned in the escape pods.

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‘Year of the Dragon’ and the Year When Michael Cimino Was Set Loose

Year of the Dragon’s biggest flaw is in being a perfect reflection of its filmmaker, and in that, it deserves to be seen as a messy, massive, achievement.

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A Great TV Show Logs Off in ‘Person of Interest: The Fifth And Final Season’

In its final season, “Person of Interest” ties up loose ends and offers something for everyone -- including the possibility for more.

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Measuring Success: The Unsatisfying Notion of "Good Endings" and "Bad Endings"

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"Sometimes stories need to end badly in order to be really good.

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