Articles tagged adventure

Is a Feminist Revolution Unfolding on ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Twin Peaks’?

Game of Thrones and Twin Peaks share cultural DNA in their pervasive and structural violence against women, yet both seem to be transforming into unlikely forms of feminism on television.

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A Towering Disappointment: ‘The Dark Tower’ Is Brutally Boring

Middling, misguided, and ill-conceived, The Dark Tower captures none of the scope and style of King's popular books.

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‘The Dark Tower’ Is a Pillar of Boredom

Idris Elba is again squandered in this fantasy Western that feels like the sequel to a non-existent movie and the prequel to a movie that will never be made.

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26 Jul 2017 // 3:00 AM

The Future of ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Female

An exploration into how the show's violence against its women enforces and strengthens the matriarchy of Game of Thrones' Westeros.

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‘Doctor Who’: Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor has sections of fandom up in arms. Why all the fuss?

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The True Origin of the Superhero Film Craze? ‘X-Men’ Comics

Bryan Singer's first X-Men film launched the comic book film craze that is still sweeping through Hollywood. But it had a predecessor in Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 1.

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Marvel Scores Again with ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Director Jon Watts hasn’t exactly transcended the genre, but he’s (re) re-booted this familiar franchise with all of the spirited adventure and adolescent awkwardness it requires.

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Feels Good to be Home: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Is the Ultimate Spectacle

It's pure exhilaration to watch a pitch-perfect version of Spider-Man finally hit the big screen.

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Evolves Into an Emotional Powerhouse

Perhaps the greatest virtue of director Matt Reeves’ film is that it captures the madness of war without ever glamorizing the abhorrent carnage.

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Brash and Playful ‘Okja’ is the Summer’s Activist Epic

Bong Joon Ho’s uneven but still electrifying caper about a little girl and her giant pig on the run from villainous Tilda Swinton swirls a sharp dose of slapstick comedy into its pop satirical narrative.

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‘Caltiki’: The Creeping Blob!

Even at its most creaky in between the hair-raising scenes of queasy ickiness, this movie appeals to style mavens, auteur watchers, and horror historians.

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’The Mummy (2017)’ Abandons Campy Fun for Faux Gravitas

Alex Kurtzman’s first chapter in the ‘Dark Universe’ franchise is stuck somewhere between William Castle and William Shakespeare.

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‘Pinstripe’ Makes for a Lovely Hell

Thomas Brush's talent is in creating compelling worlds through images that are both whimsical and haunting in equal measure.

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From the Superhero Universe of Brute Ego, Wonder Woman Arises, Unsullied

Seventy-five years ago Wonder Woman arose to show what a stagnating comic book medium could achieve; now she does it again, and in so doing, rescues the DC franchise from itself.

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‘Full Throttle: Remastered’ Is Both Updated and Dated

Full Throttle: Remastered is a game made for people who don't mind pixel hunting -- like we used to play.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’—Jack Sparrow Should Have Slept This One Off

Though Captain Jack Sparrow is to be commended for trying to make alcoholism fun again, watching Johnny Depp channel his best Dudley Moore becomes tedious.

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Pilot X Puts a Crimp on the Business in ‘The Mysterious Airman’

Mystery writer Arthur B. Reeve's influence in this film doesn't follow convention -- it follows his invention.

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Cannes 2017: Border Crossings in ‘Jupiter’s Moon’ and ‘Okja’

Looking for fresh ways to raise social awareness, these films mix genres to the point of becoming mutants.

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‘Doctor Who’: “Thin Ice” Is a Welcome Addition to the Doctor’s 19th Century Adventures

In this episode the plotting is tight and well-judged, the interplay between characters snappy and natural-sounding, and we glimpse the Doctor's savage side.

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The Reluctant Superhero: The Guilty Walk of David Banner

The Incredible Hulk offered a number of metaphors for both post-war guilt and issues of white masculinity.

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Gremlins and the Housewife in 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

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"The house itself wants to pull the neurotic woman into its maw and absorb her whole as a literal housewife.

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