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How Are Sci-fi TV Shows and Their Starships Like Canadian Cities in Winter?

Two Canadian forays into sci-fi television, Ascension and The Starlost, bear interesting parallels to modern life in Canada.

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18 May 2015 // 12:04 PM

Comedy No Longer Central to TV Networks’ Prime-time Programming

Here’s a telling fact: This will be the first time since 1949 that CBS hasn’t kicked off Mondays with a comedy.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Is a Nonsensical Copy-and-Paste Job

Pitch Perfect 2 is not very new, seeming awfully like a combination cover and mash-up of the first movie.

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‘Still Alice’ Tells the Story of Alzheimer’s From the Patient’s Perspective

Still Alice is a perceptive film about the tragic ways illness impacts identity, and Julianne Moore is the sole reason for its success.

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Ewan McGregor Is Both Jesus and the Devil in ‘Last Days in the Desert’

In one of his most complex roles to date, Ewan McGregor takes on the role of both Jesus and the Devil in Last Days in the Desert, a film by Rodrigo García.

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J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Charts the Perils of Adaption

In bringing J.K. Rowling's first post-Potter novel to TV, Sarah Phelps sands away the sharp corners and personal complications that made the book so memorable.

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‘Mr. Turner’ Is a Film as a Canvas

Mr. Turner, the biopic of the famous painter J.M.W. Turner, speaks to the inherent difficulties of navigating the art world.

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Amy Schumer Parodies ‘Friday Night Lights’ and Skewers Rape Culture in “Football Town Nights”

The excellent third season of Inside Amy Schumer features this gut-bustingly funny segment that exposes the absurdity of rape apologia.

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‘Hot Pursuit’ Substitutes Hate for Humor

Hot Pursuit is a sexist screed in which women are reduced to ridiculous gender stereotypes all for the sake of laughs -- which are nonexistent.

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‘Nirbhaya’ Bellows For Women’s Rights

Using the horrific crimes against Jyoti Singh Pandey as a jumping-off point, Nirbhaya is an outstanding call for further cultural awakening on women's rights.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Comes Back for a Third Season on Netflix This June

Netflix's highly successful comedy/drama series documenting the lives of women inmates will kick off the summer TV season on a wave of anticipation.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Deals With a New Kind of Zombie in ‘Maggie’

Maggie's excavation of the process of becoming a zombie is emotionally complicated and, for that, remarkable.

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The ‘Entourage’ Movie Is the Essence of Axe Body Spray in Film Form

HBO's eight season series Entourage now has a film, which answers the question: "How can one transform cocaine into cinema?"

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HBO Teases the Second Season of ‘True Detective’

HBO's got big shoes to fill following the successful first season of True Detective. Based on its first teaser, the show continues to have promise.

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Kristen Wiig Becomes a New Oprah in ‘Welcome to Me’

Welcome to Me is hard to watch, but even more difficult to ignore.

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HBO Picks Up Vimeo’s Pot Comedy ‘High Maintenance’

What began as a surprise hit for Vimeo is now becoming a potential winner for HBO: the premium cable network has picked up High Maintenance for six new episodes.

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‘Ripper Street’ Returns to BBC America for an Unexpected Third Season

“Ripper Street,” the richly drawn, historical police drama set in 1894 Victorian London, returns on April 29 to BBC America with eight new episodes. Set among the

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28 Apr 2015 // 8:00 AM

Double Take: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Look at the faces on you, ya ding-a-lings! Double Take flies over the Cuckoo's Nest this week. Medication time, everyone.

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Harrison Ford Reminds You Why You Like Movies in ‘The Age of Adaline’

Harrison Ford's performance in this film about a woman who doesn't age foregrounds the consideration of time and desire, how each shapes the other, and how both affect imaginative horizons.

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Russell Crowe’s War Drama ‘The Water Diviner’ Is Awards Season Sap

Instead of a potent post-war drama, first time director Russell Crowe gives us a jumbled, often incoherent attempt at an epic.

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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