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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Embraces the Humor of Clashing Cultures

The unfamiliar can be frightening, but the Huang family deals with cultural difference by taking the confusing and making it amusing in a highly relatable way.

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‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Hits Its Stride in the Third Season

Amy Schumer has been inspiring her share of imitators, but this third season of her acclaimed Comedy Central series demonstrates exactly the things those imitators will never get right.

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Double Take: ‘Annie Hall’ (1977)

Is love too weak a word to describe how we feel about Annie Hall? Or is it more like a dead shark? Double Take breaks a few eggs to find out.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 7 - “Abra Cadaver”

The humor in the episode works precisely because it feels like the show is taking a breath in the middle of a season that’s been unapologetically serious and bleak, despite its moments of humor and silliness.

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‘Impromptu’ Is Light on Coherence, Heavy on Scandal

It's not that this film is bad, but the witty dialogue, solid acting, and lovely camerawork can't make up for it's tonal confusion or pacing.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 6 - “Max Wager”

“Max Wager” continues to build on a season that’s clearly shaping up to be better than the last.

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9 Nov 2015 // 9:00 AM

Double Take: Sons of the Desert (1933)

Double Take has gotten themselves into another fine mess: If one Steve is going to discuss Laurel and Hardy's Sons of the Desert alone, the other Steve is going to do it with him.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 5 - “Love and Basketball”

There’s much still to be explored in the season, but iZombie is easily keeping the audience guessing and engaged.

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Both Old Fashioned and New Fangled, ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Is a Throwback Delight

A movie which combines the best of the late Charles Schulz's legacy with the technological tweaks of today.

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Revisiting ‘Girlfriends’: A Forgotten Film of Second-Wave Feminism

Stanley Kubrick was right. Girlfriends is one of the finest American films of the ‘70s.

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‘The Overnight’ Is a Sure Sign That Mumblecore Has Lost Its Luster

The Overnight is one long tease without a satisfying payoff.

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Crafty Language and Unfulfilled Dreams: On ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ 2015-10-17

Bill Maher’s interview with Bernie Sanders illuminates the tensions of capitalism and inherited wealth, and the inherent uselessness/truthfulness of language.

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‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ Careens Between Calamities

A campaign tour bus chase on a winding mountain road (with a mooning incident); personal confessions (lots of alcohol and tears) and; dark pronouncements about packaging and selling candidates.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 4 - “Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues”

With its mixture of bleak stories and deft comedic moments, iZombie has made it clear it’s uninterested in easy answers and resolutions.

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30 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Look! A Zombie! Race and Passing in ‘iZombie’

iZombie’s “passing” narrative complicates its broader racial politics.

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Stepping Out (and Stepping Back in Time) With a Few ‘Modern Girls’

A flashy relic from the '80s, Modern Girls is full of unrelenting, heedless energy, moving from setpiece to setpiece like a demented Bob Fosse number performed along Sunset Strip.

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Madness. Shame. Humiliation: Richard Elfman on Growing Up Absurd

In 1980, Richard Elfman released a very strange movie called Forbidden Zone. No one saw it. At least not in theaters. Today it's one of the best-known underground films around.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 3 - “Real Dead Housewife of Seattle”

“Real Dead Housewife of Seattle” continues to expand and connect all the different threads that run through iZombie.

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In ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, Reality Is Depicted by Escape From Reality

Wes Anderson’s movies do a better job at expressing and exploring what it means to be human than many of the so-called realistic movies that are too often presumed to have more depth.

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The Word of the Day Is Legacy, As in Pee-wee Herman’s Legacy

In an era of TV antiheroes, of irony, grittiness, postmodern sensibilities galore, a character like Pee-wee Herman, emphasized in Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special, is cutting edge.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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