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‘Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes’ Is Supposed to be Hypnotic

The Reflektor Tapes is 66 minutes long but feels like three hours of pretension. The bonus concert film Live at Earl's Court is nearly two hours long but breezes by.

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‘Heart of a Dog’: The Sublime Journey of Lolabelle

Laurie Anderson's story of her rat terrier features moments of clever emotional connection.

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Pontificating Drama: The Glory and Absurdity of HBO’s ‘The Young Pope’

HBO's The Young Pope is a fascinating and ambitious filmic endeavor that's remarkably unpredictable, conceited, and foreign to the North American eye.

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The Cool Cats of Istanbul: ‘Kedi’

Beautifully framed images of humans interacting with stray cats tell stories of hope and survival in Istanbul.

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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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Conscience of Congress John Lewis Hopes You’ll ‘Get in the Way’ of Things

Lewis’s lifelong philosophy on civil disobedience is admirable and urgent. Interview with Get in the Way Director, Kathleen Dowdey.

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‘Oklahoma City’ Shows That Timothy McVeigh’s Terrorism Has Contemporary Reach

Oklahoma City documents the complex events and individuals that lead to America's largest domestic terrorist attack.

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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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‘I Am Not Your Negro’, in Wide Release Today, Is Endlessly Relevant and Particularly Urgent

As this documentary presents James Baldwin's resistance, we might now take heart in it and also borrow from it.

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‘O.J. - Made in America’: Race, TV, and New Normals

As we work to understand the current climate of post-truths and "alternative facts", we might all do well to think again about particular historical moments.

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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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24 Jan 2017 // 10:00 AM

Sundance 2017: ‘Whose Streets?’ + ‘Dayveon’

On opening night at the Sundance Film Festival, two films raised questions about how black Americans' experiences can be more effectively shared and understood.

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Memory Drawings in Film and Print: ‘Seth’s Dominion’

Seth’s Dominion offers a full picture of an exciting artist brimming with imagination, and with a great deal more to create.

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‘The Sopranos’: Mythologizing the Gangster Genre

From The Public Enemy through to Scorsese, the Sopranos family knows how to pick a bad example to follow.

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Culture and History for the Age of Trump

History doesn’t always tell us how to get it right. It sometimes warns us of the cost of getting it wrong. Art steeped in that history can remind us, if we’re paying attention.

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There’s No Real “Détente” In the Finale of ‘Divorce’

Divorce reaches anything but detente in its fitfully moving, but ultimately sour and reticent, finale.

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Shirley Clarke’s Films Collected and Restored

Every short film, documentary and home movie here tells you something about this indefatigable dynamo and largely overlooked artist.

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‘(Another) Party’, Another Episode That Touches Greatness and Frustration in (Almost) Equal Measure

This episode has some of the very best things that the show's capable, with some truly graceful little detours; ultimately, it reveals its fundamental faults.

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“Church” Is the Most Awkward and Odd Episode of ‘Divorce’ Yet

Divorce suffers from an identity crisis as it shuffles towards its finale.

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Rage Plus Time Equals Prophecy: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

James Baldwin’s requiem for three Civil Rights martyrs is also a letter addressed to future America and its “vast, unthinking, cruel white majority.”

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'Fire Emblem Heroes' Is a Bad Crossover

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"Fire Emblem Heroes desperately and shamelessly wants to monetize our love for these characters, yet it has no idea why we came to love them in the first place.

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