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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 7 - “Chaos Theory”

"Chaos Theory" offers a narrative fork in the road by reinventing Lash's backstory.

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‘3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets’: Loss and Resolve in the Jordan Davis Murder

Three years ago, Jordan Davis was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 17 years old. The man who shot him

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Igor Brings Special Insights to ‘Victor Frankenstein’

The film makes clear its own debt to monster movie history, but it remains caught in a universe where its most obvious love story can't speak its name.

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‘Spotlight’ Casts Its Gaze on Scandals Exposed and Stories Untold

In pursuing the story of abuse in the Catholic Church, Spotlight is much like other films that celebrate journalists and the 14th Amendment.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 8 - “Many Heads, One Tale”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s season three hits its "tipping point" as all the narrative puzzle pieces fall into place.

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The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 8 - “Kings of the Highway”

The producers end the first half of season three with a great episode that promises interesting developments when it returns in January.

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The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 8 - “Restraint”

Diane said it best: Money isn't everything, but it sure is something -- especially in this seventh season's eighth episode.

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With ‘Creed’ Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Finds a Fitting Finalé

Make no mistake about it, Creed is not some elegy to a fallen superstar.

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The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 2 - “Seeing Things”

This week, fairy tales, myths, horror, and reality collide. William Blake doesn't make it to the end; but will you?

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‘Carol’ and Forbidden Romance

Todd Haynes' resonant period romance echoes Far From Heaven, but Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara elude that film’s glossy fatalism.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 8 - “My Bad Parts”

At only halfway through the show’s second season, there is still a lot of space for Empire's writers to surprise us, but the further the show strays into melodramatic cliche, the less likely it seems they will.

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Doctor Who: Series 9 Episode 10 - “Face the Raven”

Trap streets and teleport bracelets abound in this week's stand-out installment, with writer Sarah Dollard delivering the first masterpiece of the Capaldi era.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 7 - “Plush”

"Plush", the first true stand-alone episode of this season, is stuffed with horror movie cliches and filler.

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Gotham: Season 2, Episode 9 - “A Bitter Pill to Swallow”

Returning to a characteristically meandering, unfocused plot, this week's Gotham is at least punctuated by the promise of a fiendish friendship.

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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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The Emotional Pitch Can Run High in ‘A Room With a View’, But It’s Also a Very Funny Film

Ornate title cards place the filmmakers in a position similar to Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, enjoying the human carnival while at the same time proclaiming “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

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Ready to Soar! ‘Ready for This’ Offers New Stories of Aboriginal Australia

This new teen drama provides authentic and nuanced stories that don’t shy away from the uglier issues of racism and colonialism in Australian society.

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The Beautiful, Thrilling ‘Carol’ Belongs Among Best Movie Love Stories

This is a love story between two women set at a time and place when that relationship was beyond taboo, but as its bravura filmmaking unfolds, those specifics fade and what remains are the feelings and emotions that all the best movie love stories create.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 7 - “Flicker”

Despite introducing yet another plot line, this is actually a well-done episode that explains both the Countess's origins and her connection to the infamous Hotel Cortez, even while the other storylines flounder.

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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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