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‘Elvis & Nixon’ and Histories and Fates Captured in a Photo

Even as this film gets bogged down in jokes and speculations, it makes the point that performance is its own kind of truth.

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21 Apr 2016 // 9:14 AM

‘Archer’, Season Seven, and the Fantasies of Success

Apolitical Archer eases into its seventh season with the same dedication to parody and fantasy that's always characterized the series.

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Satire Is a Key Feature in ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 2

Silicon Valley's relentless skewering of the Bay Area's well-known tech valley continues as Pied Piper faces new challenges.

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By Mixing Comedy With Social Commentary, ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ Finds Its Voice

With one foot in the contemporary and the other in the franchise's past, this latest installment of Barber Shop is fresh, funny, and not overly familiar.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episodes 18 and 19 - “Dead Beat” and “Salivation Army”

iZombie’s finale cemented how expertly paced this season has been as a whole, revealing huge secrets and enough gallows humor in keeping with the show’s distinctive tone.

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‘Master of None’ and Serial Storytelling in the Binge-Viewing Era

Master of None encapsulates the storytelling shifts brought about by the binge-watching phenomenon.

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What’s So Funny? Stewart/Colbert and the Short Shelf Life of Satire

The spot-on satire of series such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show is their longevity's worst enemy.

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Romeo + Juliet + Baz Luhrmann: Reconsidered

Baz Luhrmann's films are not subtle. So why do I like Romeo + Juliet so much?

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Melissa McCarthy Is Terrific, ‘The Boss’ Not So Much

The comic actress is rapidly becoming the John Candy for a new generation, for all that's good and bad about the comparison.

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‘Demolition’ Bulldozes Ahead

If you want to build your movie on a metaphor, you don't have to explain everything.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 17 - “Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be”

The entire season has been steadily building to multiple revelations and their consequences; this episode moved a great deal of story forward in smart and inventive ways.

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Stewart/Colbert Effect: Jon Stewart’s ‘The Daily Show’ and the Rise of Media Accountability

It took 16 years of hard work, but Jon Stewart's The Daily Show finally began to restore something like truth to political and social discourse.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 16 - “Pour Some Sugar, Zombie”

iZombie maintains a level of tension and momentum week to week that’s difficult to achieve; the series makes it look easy.

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‘The Graduate’ Still Seduces

As energetic as it ever was, sharp jokes and even sharper edges aren't lost in the transition from hit film to cultural touchstone.

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‘Freaks and Geeks’ Reels in High School Misery

Social awkwardness, uncomfortable dates, unrequited crushes, embarrassing conversations with adults, peer pressure, academic failure -- it's all here.

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(Almost) Everybody Gets It in ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

This film will thrill a certain set of men who experienced college during the '80s and had a meaningful period of personal growth during that time.

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‘I Knew Her Well’ Explores ‘60s Celebrity Culture

I Knew Her Well dances through Rome until the music stops for one young hopeful.

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Boston Underground Film Festival 2016: ‘Kill Your Friends’

American Psycho heads across the pond in a fun, albeit derivative, dark comedy about a sociopathic music label A&R man in the midst of the Britpop craze.

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28 Mar 2016 // 10:00 AM

Fuller House: Season 1

While the series relies on many of the same beats as the original, it hits the right notes with "DJ" Stephanie.

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Surveying the World As It Twists and Turns: Ten Classics From the Criterion Collection

Keeping your head above the flood of Blu-rays is easier when buoyed by Gilda and Mrs. Robinson.

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Bad Graphics Are Still Impressive in ‘Spirits of Xanadu’

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"Spirits of Xanadu wrings emotion and style out of its low fidelity graphics.

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