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Real Time with Bill Maher: Republican Nouns/Democratic Verbs, Misguided Narratives

"In an impersonal and often anti-personal world, the individual name cannot compete with the power of corporate hierarchies, which, even more than gods, are invested with unearned prestige."

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London Film Festival 2015: ‘Truman’

Cesc Gay’s agreeable buddy movie is like a friend you’re happy to have spent time with -- despite occasional irritations.

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Pangea Panacea? Or the Geography of Neurosis: Real Time with Bill Maher - 2 October 2015

The October 2 episode touches on the Oregon massacre without questioning the toxic neuroses and views of masculinity that fueled it.

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9 Oct 2015 // 9:57 AM

Amazon’s ‘Red Oaks’ Is a Good Swing Through the ‘80s

A coming-of-age story set in the 1980s -- made somewhat, sometimes, in the manner of a coming-of-age story made in the 1980s -- its full run is now available to stream for subscribers to Amazon Prime.

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‘The People Under the Stairs’ Is Craven’s Most Original, Deranged, and Off the Wall Film

The People Under the Stairs falls into a category all its own, moving deftly from horror to comedy to social allegory, all wrapped in a wonderfully lunatic package.

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‘Jane the Virgin’ Instantly Charms

Jane the Virgin instantly feels like a breath of fresh air, and as a result, its success is all the more rewarding.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Is No Big Deal

Magic Mike XXL could have ratcheted up the expectations one has for the rom-com, but ultimately it does very little with the space that it ekes out for itself among the genre’s norms.

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Dr. Ken: Season 1, Episode 1 - “Pilot”

Is Dr. Ken high-octane ironic comedy, or just an ego-trip for Ken Jeong?

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‘The Goldbergs’ Are a Strangely Familiar Family

Even with their boistrous personalities, the Goldbergs are a distinctly ordinary family; that's what makes them both relatable and funny.

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Holy Spittle and Miseducated Media: On ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’, 25 September 2015

The September 25 episode explores the media's fetishization of Pope Francis' visit, and the tyranny of the "expertise on nothing" ethos afflicting both politics and journalism.

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‘No God But Funny’ and ‘Earth Angel’ Are Preaching to the Choir

It's challenging enough to write good comedy. It's nearly impossible to do so burdened with an agenda, even one as innocuous as featuring a "likeable atheist" as the protagonist.

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‘The Farewell Party (Mita Tova)’ Has a Deliciously Twisted Sense of Humor

The humorous treatment of so-called "mercy killing" will certainly provoke some viewers.

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‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon’

Douglas Tirola’s celebration of the '70s comedy institution doesn’t know when to put on the brakes. Nevertheless, its enthusiasm proves infectious.

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In ‘Sleeping With Other People’ She’s a Mess, But He’s Just Fine

Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie play commitment-phobes who pledge to be nonromantic friends in this surprisingly dark, uneven romantic comedy.

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Metal and Mayhem: Presenting ‘Deathgasm’

Jason Lei Howden's delightfully macabre Deathgasm does an excellent job at reviving the corpse of splatter-comedy.

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‘Entourage: The Movie’ - Yeah, It’s Bro Humor, Yeah, It’s Crass, Yeah, It’s Funny

This heavily-panned film adaptation of the hit television series is better than you'd think and more fun when viewed, like the series, at home.

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Oh, Throckmorton! Counting Bad Days With “The Great Gildersleeve”

Gildy's continual laughs, hums, grumbles, yips, and sighs draw his voice from the silky and obsequious into annoyed growls in the new collection from Warner Video.

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The Prolific Judd Apatow Doesn’t Seem so ‘Sick in the Head’

In his recent book, Judd Apatow gives you the greatest party you've never been invited to.

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If We Lose BBC Three, Will We Lose Our Sense of Humor, Too?

With the apparently inevitable closure of BBC Three, comedy lovers will mourn the loss of an important television ally. Will the Internet save it?

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‘Day for Night’ Is a Film Master’s Passionate Ode to His Craft

François Truffaut never produced a more meaningful or downright entertaining tribute to the art of film and filmmaking than 1973's Day for Night.

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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