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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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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 15 - “He Blinded Me… With Science”

Even as the series covers so much information in the episode, it never feels rushed and it always makes room for the lighter moments.

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Stewart/Colbert Effect: Colbert Trumps Fallon in Trump Interview

In the school of late night, Stephen Colbert's the class clown and Jimmy Fallon's the student body president.

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23 Mar 2016 // 1:59 AM

Gracie Allen for President!

The Comedian's 1940 Surprise Party brought America much needed unwise wisdom and foggy acuity.

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What’s in a Broad? Hillary Clinton As Pragmatic Icon in ‘Broad City’ Cameo

Hillary Clinton's appearance on Broad City may be pandering, or a genuine assertion of the series' female space.

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“Come Again, Little Girl”: 32 Films That Begin With Someone Leaving a Mental Institution (1904-2012)

These 32 films make the case for the recently-escaped-or-released-mental-patient narrative as its own subgenre, replete with a language of recurring themes, plot devices, and character archetypes.

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Vacationing in Style With ‘Youth’

Jumping from crescendo to crescendo, Sorrentino hits all the high notes in his bombastically entertaining comedy/drama.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Battles the 'Jotun'

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"This week we discuss Jotun's presentation of Norse mythology through scale and grandeur.

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