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‘Café Society’ Is an Exhausting, Exasperating Film About Illusions and Delusions

The Woody Allen express rolls bumpily on with a glossy '30s-set bauble that half-heartedly poses the same interesting questions he’s been ruminating on for decades.

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Woody Allen Can’t Be Anyone But Himself in ‘Café Society’

Café Society is a competent film, but that's hardly praise for an auteur director like Woody Allen.

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Race and Sci-fi Theory: Not Just for Dissertations Anymore

Ever thought Toni Morrison's Beloved has a place at ComicCon? Carringont's Speculative Blackness might be for you.

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25 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Double Take: ‘The Public Enemy’ (1931)

Maybe The Public Enemy is a swell dish. Or maybe it ain't so tough. The Steves take on the classic tale of beer and blood.

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Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 3 - “eps2.1_k3rnel-pan1c.ksd”

Elliot continues to battle with Mr. Robot, while the rest of FSociety face growing threats from all sides.

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UnREAL: Season 2, Episode 7 - “Ambush”

“Ambush” takes on a great deal in one episode, but thankfully, it’s been setting things up beautifully all season.

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By Looking Backward, ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Prepares the Franchise for the Future

Star Trek Beyond successfully straddles the fine line between Star Wars' high tech toy merchandising and the serious ideas fostered by concept creator, Gene Roddenberry. It's also a stone cold blast.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in ‘Spirits of Xanadu’

The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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22 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David: "like Harold Pinter or Samuel Beckett for television." What more does one need?

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 4 - “The City Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken”

They would drive 100 miles, and they would drive 100 more, just to break the curse that could bring down the tour in a fun episode that combines sex, former drugs, and superstition.

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Richard Herring Proves That Talk Is Cheap and Incredibly Entertaining

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast gives comedians a chance to be honest and the audience a chance to laugh like hell.

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UnREAL: Season 2, Episode 6 - “Casualty”

"Casualty" deals with consequences in all their complex, frustrating, and unfair incarnations.

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Preacher: Season 1, Episode 8 – “El Valero”

Preacher's excellent first season stalls a bit as Jesse battles with both his conscience and the revenge-minded Odin Quincannon.

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‘Two Guys and a Girl’ Is Amiable Enough

Helmed by a young Ryan Reynolds, Two Guys and a Girl is a consistently fun if rarely thrilling find.

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19 Jul 2016 // 9:41 AM

The A Word: Season 1, Episode 1

The first episode of The A Word shows a series teetering between pretty decent and downright awful.

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‘Richard III’ Is Ian McKellen’s Glorious Rendition of an Absolute Villain

With Shakespeare's A Game of Thrones rendered into a Fascist version of '30s Britain, be careful whose side you're on.

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Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2 – “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc”/“eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc”

Elliot's perfect loop of existence can't save him from himself as Mr. Robot's hotly anticipated second season sets the scene.

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18 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Double Take: ‘Sideways’ (2004)

In Sideways, the two Steves find hints of satire, legs of oaky '70s cinema, a bouquet of gender commentary, and a chewy finish.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Pays Homage to the Original, But Fails to Forge Its Own Identity

Like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it, Ghostbusters relies on a familiar formula to ensure the safest product possible.

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Preacher: Season 1, Episode 7 - “He Gone”

Jesse continues to push people away in an episode that delves deep into his guilt-ridden past.

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Call For Papers: Celebrating Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

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"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, PopMatters seeks submissions about Star Trek, including: the TV series, from The Original Series (TOS) to the highly anticipated 2017 new installment; the films, both the originals and the J.J. Abrams reboot; and ancillary materials such as novelizations, comic books, videogames, etc.

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