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Even IMAX Can’t Make Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Impressive

ABC/Disney’s IMAX debut of its newest series does nothing but emphasize the series' considerable flaws.

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20 Oct 2017 // 8:10 AM

The Flipside #9: ‘Blade Runner 2049’

A big-budget sequel to a certified cult classic is always a dicey cinematic prospect, but with Denis Villeneuve at the helm, the Flipside fellas just couldn't wait to see what this new work would enhance.

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Studio Meddling Ensured That Most Never Saw the Best Version of ‘Daredevil’

In attempting to re-edit Daredevil to fit the Spider-Man mold, Fox turned a pretty decent film into a muddled mess.

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“Let Me Start by Asking a Question” Says Everything You Need to Know About ‘Halt and Catch Fire’

Culminating in an excellent series finalé, season four of Halt and Catch Fire has been the series’ best.

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Family Flavours in Mike Leigh’s ‘Life is Sweet’

Family, friends, and food form the focus of Leigh’s broad but funny, relatable and affectionate 1990 film, which here receives a welcome Blu-ray and DVD re-release from BFI.

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‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ Shoots for the Moon, Finds a Star or Two

Based on Lily Koppel's 2013 book by the same name, The Astronaut Wives Club suffers from a bloated cast, allowing for only one or two compelling storylines.

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16 Oct 2017 // 9:30 AM

NYFF 2017: ‘Mudbound’

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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The Incessant Violation in Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ Makes Me Mad in a Good Way

The house, wife, and their shared outcry against violation are dangerously tied to white feminism. Viewing Mother! from a racial context circumscribes the power of its possible feminist message.

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Game Theory and Marx: ‘Narcos’ as a Capitalist Parable

Narcos depicts the narcotics industry as a form of capitalism run amok, an unending game motivating its central criminals.

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‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ Will Have Captain America Squirming in His Skivvies

This film is a clever and provocative look at love, sexuality, and the lies that preserve our fragile happiness.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘The Orville’: To Boldly Go Where We’ve Already Gone

Whereas Star Trek: Discovery continues to explore ideological complexities, so far The Orville seems little more than a celebration of MacFarlane’s love of the Star Trek property and his ability to indulge in expensive cosplay.

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Why, After All These Years, Are We Still Speaking in Sein Language?

Just like with hip-hop, Seinfeld has broadened our collective slang and everyday rhetorical wit.

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What to Push and When to Push It: Palestinian Director Maysaloun Hamoud on ‘In Between’

In Between emits an idealistic spirit to create unity, and Hamoud equally looks towards feminism as a unifying framework for the contemporary world.

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‘The Weight of Ink’ Is a Shining Example of Historical Fiction’s Best Qualities

Through its three protagonists, The Weight of Ink questions what it means to be alive, to love, and to be fulfilled.

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‘iZombie’s Ambitious Season 3 Tells a Big Story in Its Limited Run

Constrained by a shorter season, iZombie nevertheless goes all out on a global-scale narrative arc.

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9 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

An Ozarker Considers Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

The local crime boss tells a lengthy parable about the difference between a hillbilly and a redneck; the upshot being that the hillbilly is craftier and more bound to a set of principles than a redneck.

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‘Void Star’ Stands Out As Unique and Accomplished Sci-fi

Zachary Mason's Void Star requires some effort, but the reward is a wonderfully immersive plunge into a world that is persuasively novel in some places, and appealingly familiar in others.

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Bava, Baby, Bava! Three Films from Italy’s Horror Maestro

Erik the Conqueror, Roy Colt and Winchester Jack and Kill Baby Kill show Bava's colorful ways with the camera.

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‘Mr. Robot’: Season 2 Widened the Narrative/Character Canvas Beyond Elliot’s Fractured Viewpoint

Disconnecting technology, connecting humans: as the world came apart, Mr. Robot's characters came together in promising new configurations.

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‘The Mountain Between Us’ Is All Glory, No Guts

The Mountain Between Us is an easily digestible romance that might have been more interesting if it were a bit harder to swallow.

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