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‘The Grace of Jake’ Is Awfully Caught Up in Southern-style Christianity

Because The Grace of Jake has a plain agenda -- it means to proselytize -- it occasionally offends.

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Hardline Feminism and Unfettered Capitalism in the Action-Masala, ‘Mannan’

How does a beautiful young corporate bigwig control a rambunctiously charismatic Alpha-male trade unionist?

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Black and Nerdy? Shattering the Monolith With ‘Atlanta’

Atlanta goes a long way toward shattering the myth that there's a single black experience.

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Sundance 2017: ‘The Polka King’ + ‘Band Aid’

Two films about very different musical genres -- from polka to sweet crooning to punk-rock screaming -- take center stage at Sundance Film Festival 2017.

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Sundance Film Festival 2017: ‘Lemon’ + ‘Wilson’

This year's Sundance Film Festival delivers misanthropy with two new comedies, Lemon and Wilson.

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Sundance 2017: ‘The Big Sick’ + ‘Roxanne Roxanne’

These two Sundance entries introduce fast-talking protagonists who take the art of comedic dialogue to new heights in speed and certainly in social satire.

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“Pilgrim Rick” Shows the Best (and Worst) Parts of Holiday Traditions

The past becomes the present and the present informs the past in This Is Us's Thanksgiving episode "Pilgrim Rick".

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Sundance 2017: ‘Person to Person’ + ‘Landline’

At Sundance, the indie dramas Person to Person and Landline take markedly different approaches to bring their eccentric characters to life.

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Sundance 2017: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ + ‘Bitch’

Sundance continues the Hollywood tradition of exploring mental illness with Ingrid Goes West and Bitch.

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‘20th Century Women’ Holds Particular Relevance for 21st Century Women

As much as it considers the past, 20th Century Women's profound confidence in women's strength and ingenuity proposes a way to look forward.

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Heartbreaks, Musicals, and Relationship Struggles Characterize the ‘Gilmore Girls’ “Summer” Season

Despite the (over)extended musical sequence, "Summer" succeeds in moving both the plot and Lorelai and Rory's characters forward.

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“The Best Washing Machine” Comes Equipped With Sibling Rivalry, Hard Choices, and Big Secrets

With "The Best Washing Machine in the World", This Is Us reaffirms its understanding of the tone and rhythm of its narrative and its protagonists.

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‘His Girl Friday’: What a Difference One Sex Change Makes

By switching the main character’s gender and adding romantic sparks, Hawks turned the masterful, raucous Chicago newsroom farce The Front Page into the perfect screwball comedy.

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‘This Is Us’ Has Some Mixed Messages About Parenting in “Career Days”

This Is Us is in danger of presenting parenthood as a zero sum game.

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The Forecast Is Unsettling in ‘It’s Always Fair Weather’

Not all musicals present a slap-happy world.

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Norman Lear Reboots ‘One Day at a Time’ For a New Generation on Netflix

“It was a good piece of my life,” Lear says of the sitcom, which was part of a number of forward-looking series — including “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Maude” — that made the writer-producer a force in television.

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If You Haven’t Seen ‘His Girl Friday’, Consider Your Life Wasted So Far

Walter Burns (Cary Grant) and Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell): a love-hate story no matter how you cast it.

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‘Gilmore Girls’ “Spring” Shows Lorelai Moving Forward, Rory Falling Down

"Spring" reverses much of Rory and Logan’s character growth in favor of an ill-advised affair.

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Fellini’s ‘Roma’ and the Polysemic Surreal

Fellini’s films are haunted by an absence, a pervading sense of loss, a mourning for the unattainable, and yet imbued with an effervescent sense of fun as well.

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Painful Humor and Euphoric Pleasure In ‘Punch-Drunk Love’

Anderson's quirky film is reinvention in the purest sense, free of commercial pressure.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Discusses 'Tales from the Borderlands Episode 2'

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"Our foray into the adventure-game-style version of the Borderlands continues.

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