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‘Punching Henry’ and the Pains of Standup Comedy

Henry Phillips’ sequel to Punching the Clown revisits the difficulties of performing stand-up comedy (with his guitar,) but doesn't pose new questions about that experience.

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‘This Is Us’ Steps Into the Past for “The Big Day” Episode

Random circumstances are rarely random for the characters in This is Us.

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‘Santa Clarita Diet’: “The Farting Sex Tourist” Is Both Deep and Deeply Silly

Despite its title, the episode brings both the funny and the touching in the series' inimitable style.

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La Nausée in the Spanish Empire: Antonio Di Benedetto’s ‘Zama’

A servant of the Spanish crown finds himself in remote Paraguay, entertaining fantasies and delusions that clash with the actual circumstances of his position. A bleak, comic, and tragic story of alienation.

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By Focusing on Androids, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Risks Losing Some of Its Humanity

Focusing on the technology is a missed opportunity for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to truly explore issues of "otherness".

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‘Black Girl’ and the Ambiguous Nature of the Mask

Black Girl suggests that in its act of concealment the mask offers the revelation of the abyss that we truly are.

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A Linguistics Revolution: ‘Arrival’ and the Politics of Language

After watching Arrival, the sci-fi technology we think about is not possible developments in the future, but rather, one of our most intimate and fundamental technologies: the technology of language.

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Baranski, Jumbo, and Leslie Fight ‘The Good Fight’ In the “Inauguration”

In its debut episode, The Good Fight reminds us precisely how great The Good Wife once was, while setting its own course.

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How ‘Gotham’ Re-Invents Batman’s Sexual Politics

Fox's Gotham finally gives DC an edge over Marvel as it interweaves morality and sexuality into a sophisticated narrative.

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‘Arrival’ and the Lost in Translation

Arrival reveals how it often takes something totally unexpected -- something alien to us -- to make us realize that we don't always know what we think we know about ourselves.

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‘This Is Us’ Slows Down to Question the Meaning of the Word Home

Home becomes a place to both run to and run away from in "The Right Thing to Do".

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‘Land of Mine’ Explores the Intolerable Costs of Nationalistic Vengeance

Land of Mine is perhaps the most powerful denunciation of nationalism's destructive force as we'll see on movie screens in 2017.

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Bloody ‘Logan’ Is a Worthy Sendoff for Hugh Jackman

Director James Mangold imagines a world in which superheroes must face their own mortality.

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‘Supernatural’ Goes All ‘Reservoir Dogs’ in One of the Season’s Best Episodes

Despite a few gimmicks, this week's potentially classic episode sets the stage for an exciting finalé.

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17 Feb 2017 // 10:00 AM

‘Who’ Will Be the Next Doctor?

What shall it be? A Doctor with whip-smart delivery of his lines? A woman who will bewitch before she kicks a Dalek's ass? Oh, the possibilities...

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America’s Dirty Secrets Revealed in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts

Altman spent his entire career amplifying the hidden comedy in America’s soul. Short Cuts is his most sweeping and relatable sketch of the country caught off-guard.

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John Huston and Truman Capote’s Bizarre Confection, ‘Beat the Devil’

Beat the Devil, playing at the Film Forum, is so tongue-in-cheek that it would seem to have caused disfiguration.

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Denzel Washington Embraces His Role As the flawed Troy Maxson in ‘Fences’ With Fiercenes

Washington is an actor of intricate parts, including his latest, Troy Maxson, the flawed and bitter Pittsburgh sanitation worker in August Wilson’s Fences.

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‘The Santa Clarita Diet’ Realizes, “We Can Kill People”, After All

Drew Barrymore does breezy and ballistic in a narrative-heavy episode.

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Ricky Gervais’ ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’ Will Make You Laugh Until You Cry, Cry, Cry

Ricky Gervais' most iconic character becomes his most tragic in this surprisingly dour mockumentary.

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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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