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‘Orphan Black’: Rachel Makes a Brutal Choice in “Gag or Throttle”

"Gag or Throttle" exemplifies how well the series combines plot, character payoff, and great pacing with the consistently outstanding acting of Maslany and company.

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‘Doctor Who’: Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor has sections of fandom up in arms. Why all the fuss?

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The True Origin of the Superhero Film Craze? ‘X-Men’ Comics

Bryan Singer's first X-Men film launched the comic book film craze that is still sweeping through Hollywood. But it had a predecessor in Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 1.

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‘Orphan Black’: Krystal Is the Amusing Delight of a Serious Story

The islanders rebel, Cosima escapes, and everything is coming to a head in "Manacled Slim Wrists".

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‘Orphan Black’: “Ease for Idle Millionaires” Allows Maslany’s Portrayal of Cosima to Shine

"Ease for the Idle Millionaires" pulls at the complex and interconnected plot threads, while giving Maslany endless opportunities to showcase her talent.

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‘Orphan Black’ - ‘Let the Children and the Childbearers Toil’ Tackles Mothers and Daughters

Almost halfway through the final season, Orphan Black continues to showcase the complex relationships of the sisters and those closest to them.

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Marvel Scores Again with ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Director Jon Watts hasn’t exactly transcended the genre, but he’s (re) re-booted this familiar franchise with all of the spirited adventure and adolescent awkwardness it requires.

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‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Season Four Proved the Series Needs More Fury and More MCU DNA

Marvel does the series a disservice by severing it from the wider cinematic universe.

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Feels Good to be Home: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Is the Ultimate Spectacle

It's pure exhilaration to watch a pitch-perfect version of Spider-Man finally hit the big screen.

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‘Orphan Black’: Alison’s Journey Is the Focus of “Beneath Her Heart”

"Beneath Her Heart" is an excellent character study of Alison (Tatiana Maslany) that not only delves into her past, but also clearly marks her future.

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The Thoughtful Absurdity of ‘Spaceplan’

Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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‘Orphan Black’: The Frenetic “The Clutch of Greed” Features Impersonations, Violence, and Loss

There’s a lot to unpack, but the show deftly moves things toward a quickly approaching finalé with its signature fast pace.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is Important, Which Means It Has to Do Better

Everything in The Handmaid's Tale narrative is grounded in gendered oppression that exists, or has existed, somewhere in the world, always.

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‘Orphan Black’s The Crowded “Few Who Dare” Sets Up for the Final Season

"The Few Who Dare" continues to keep the clones separate, for the most part, as they each pull on a different thread in the Neolution plot.

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‘Caltiki’: The Creeping Blob!

Even at its most creaky in between the hair-raising scenes of queasy ickiness, this movie appeals to style mavens, auteur watchers, and horror historians.

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White by Northwest: ‘Twin Peaks’ and American Mortality

"White" and "weird" series such as Twin Peaks and Wayward Pines speak to an American history haunted by colonialism and racism.

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‘Sense8’ Season Two Brings It All Back to Family

Sense8 expands, twists, and turns over the course of its second season, but never loses sight of what's most important.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Descends Into Madness in a Beautiful, Finessed Kind of Way

Marching to the beat of the same drum as the first films in the series, Alien: Covenant finds extra depth in the existential dread of its divisive predecessor.

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The (Space) Ship Has Definitely Sailed on ‘Alien: Covenant’

Ridley Scott’s attempts to demystify his iconic Xenomorphs only dilute the primal terror that made them compelling in the first place

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‘Doctor Who’: “Thin Ice” Is a Welcome Addition to the Doctor’s 19th Century Adventures

In this episode the plotting is tight and well-judged, the interplay between characters snappy and natural-sounding, and we glimpse the Doctor's savage side.

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How a Song By Unknown Newcomer Adam Johnston Ended Up on Blondie's New Album

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"Adam Johnston of An Unkindness wrote a song at 17 years old and posted it online. Two years later, magic happened.

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