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Fun Is Trapped on the Wrong Side of ‘The Great Wall’

The Great Wall strives to indict the selfish consumerism that defines Western culture, but its monsters get in the way.

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‘The Santa Clarita Diet’ Realizes, “We Can Kill People”, After All

Drew Barrymore does breezy and ballistic in a narrative-heavy episode.

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Supernatural’s “Regarding Dean” Brings the Funny and the Heartbreaking in (Almost) Equal Measure

This week's episode serves as an entertaining reminder of what the show is all about.

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Westworld’s “Trompe L’Oeil” Is a Placeholder Episode With a Jaw-Dropping Twist

Mid-season, Westworld may be marking time, but shocks and reversals still abound.

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Bunuel’s ‘Exterminating Angel’ Is a Source of Surrealist Satisfaction

By using obscure symbols and obtuse references, the filmmaker finds a way to turn a specific political problem into a universal pronouncement on people in general.

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‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Poses the Question: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Zombie-ism?

Sheila's desire for fresh human flesh throws the Hammond's lives into disarray in the solid, surprising second episode, "We Can't Kill People".

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‘Santa Clarita Diet’: Barrymore and Olyphant Have Bloody Fun in “So Then a Monkey or a Bat”

Santa Clarita Diet offers a kind of Eat (People), Pray, Love, but this show has more bark -- and more bite.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Experiences ‘Event 0’

This week we explore Event [0] and its experiment with language as a form of gameplay.

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Maeve Ascends as More ‘Westworld’ Secrets are Revealed in “The Adversary”

Despite the ubiquity of corporate intrigue and maze imagery, "The Adversary" delivers another fascinating episode.

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The Visual Aesthetic of ‘Don’t Knock Twice’, Like Its Moral Agenda, is Dark

The film delivers on two levels. Savor its clever annotations of feminist horror film theory. Or just enjoy the more visceral pleasures of fear.

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2 Feb 2017 // 9:00 AM

America Needs Willy Wonka Now More Than Ever

Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka embodies all the qualities America seeks in a leader these days.

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Murder She Sang: Stardom and Psychosis in Eckhart Schmidt’s ‘The Fan’

A close-cutting examination on fame and the persuasive power of celebrity, The Fan is rife with tension and controversy.

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Sam and Dean Go Rambo, the Men of Letters Go Evil in Supernatural’s “First Blood”

The show returns from a winter hiatus with an intriguing episode that introduces some key plot points.

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26 Jan 2017 // 8:00 AM

Sundance 2017: ‘Raw’ + ‘XX’

In recent years, Sundance has developed a reputation for showcasing distinct and notable horror films. This year, that prize might well go to Raw by default.

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‘Westworld’s “Contrapasso” Episode Suggests Dehumanization and Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell

The narrative pivots and complicates the reality of Westworld in "Contrapasso". The show is about the most HBO-ized episode of an HBO drama ever produced.

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This Graphic Novel Adaptation of ‘Kindred’ Is Made Awkward With KLOKs! and CHOOMs!

If you’ve never read any of Octavia E. Butler's works, Kindred is a good place to start, but this version is a little too manga for such a serious work.

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One of Them Is Not One of Us in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’

The movie's version of Dissociative Identity Disorder is not science, but metaphor, and horror movie metaphor at that.

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The Lack of Imagination in ‘The Bye Bye Man’ Is Vexing

The Bye Bye Man's illogic is typical of horror movies.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in ‘Medousa’

A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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‘We Are the Flesh’ Is a Work of Art Masquerading as an Atrocity

The madman’s meditations on the rewards afforded solitude are intriguing and there are intimations that he has roots in a reality we might recognize.

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'Who' Will Be the Next Doctor?

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"What shall it be? A Doctor with whip-smart delivery of his lines? A woman who will bewitch before she kicks a Dalek's ass? Oh, the possibilities...

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