Articles tagged family

‘Puffin Rock’ Opens Up a World of Ecological Imagination for Children

What differentiates Puffin Rock from its peers in the crowded market space of children’s educational programming is its commitment to place and how it imagines authority.

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A Mother and Her Trans Son Try to Connect ‘At the Broken Places’

Can a mother and trans son write their way out of the rift that tore them apart?

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‘The Sisters Chase’ Gives Us a Protagonist Worth Taking the Journey With

Sarah Healy's The Sisters Chase introduces a flawed heroine for the ages in its breezy, affecting narrative.

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‘Til Death Do You Part: And Other Thoughts About Family

Annabelle Gurwitch's humorous memoir, Wherever You Go, There They Are, captures how one is forever in the thralls of the family -- no matter the form that family takes.

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Relics and Replicas: A Retrospective Reimagining of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Disney's latest rendition misses a kaleidoscope of potentialities: to revise and ruminate, to subvert and distort, to complicate and transcend.

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There’s an Impactful Tale Buried Within Emma Richler’s ‘Be My Wolff’

Richler’s details can be drearily extraneous and erudite, yet they also demonstrate how dedicated and well-researched she is in regards to her characters and the world in which they live.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017) Is Beautiful and Beastly, But Empty

Disney's new film's nostalgia for Disney's animated classic is overshadowed by a love affair that never blossoms and a story that never surprises.

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‘Akron’: Sometimes the Simpler, the Better

Had Akron went all-in on its simpler, piercingly authentic premise, it could have elevated itself into a truly singular film.

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2 Feb 2017 // 10:00 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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Free of the Movie’s Shadow, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Makes the Case for More

The first six episodes grappled with the necessity of the reboot; the last two episodes make the case for a second season.

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Sundance 2017: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ + ‘Bitch’

Sundance continues the Hollywood tradition of exploring mental illness with Ingrid Goes West and Bitch.

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“The Bad Beginning” Is Anything But in Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

Both visually and narratively, A Series of Unfortunate Events works far better as a series than the ill-conceived film that preceeded it; a gothic fable for our time.

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Confronting Evil, Determinism, and Death in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Exploring the darker core of a Christmas classic reveals just what is so wonderful about life.

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Queering the Sponge: The Transcendent Queerness of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’

Despite being rooted in nostalgia, the reemergence of SpongeBob could very well be linked to a longing for a yet-to-be-realized queer future.

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‘The Eagle Huntress’ Flies in the Face of Adversity

One of the most spectacularly cinematic sports on earth is highlighted in this real-life story of a girl who fought back gender oppression.

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Michael Chabon’s ‘Moonglow’ Is a Big, Fat (Fun), Lie

Chabon merges his earlier and more recent literary profiles in a vivid, at times explosively entertaining, and occasionally schizophrenic novel about history, memory, and family.

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Situation Critical: ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ Season 2 Preview

More practical effects and a grimmer tone in season two promise to build on the best of the rebooted series first season.

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Juliet Nicolson Breaks the Cycle of Unhappiness in ‘A House Full of Daughters’

Juliet Nicolson has a storied family tree, the family writing talent, and an unhappy legacy: which she reversed.

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Young Love Falls Victim to Class Warfare in ‘Little Men’

Ira Sachs continues to produce some of the best New York-centric cinema of the modern era.

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‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Indicates Filmwriters Are Worn Out

The Secret Life of Pets is what happens when filmmakers try to create a movie around an entertaining teaser -- you get a main course that makes you long for the appetizer.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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