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2 May 2016 // 8:23 AM

Daredevil’s Meditations on Morality

Daredevil is the first live action comic book hero we have seen in recent memory with a strong religious conviction.

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21 Apr 2016 // 9:14 AM

‘Archer’, Season Seven, and the Fantasies of Success

Apolitical Archer eases into its seventh season with the same dedication to parody and fantasy that's always characterized the series.

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Marvel’s Secret Weapon Can Bridge the Gap Between Its Movies and Netflix Series

The Marvel Cinematic Universe might benefit from recruiting one of its forefathers before expanding further into the unknown.

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9 Mar 2016 // 3:30 AM

‘Jessica Jones’ and Gendered Forms of Seeing

It’s alarming that Jessica Jones' expressions of self-control and autonomy play into rather than controvert the pedophilic misogyny she fights in the form of Kilgrave.

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‘Zootopia’ Is An Amazing Animated Allegory and One of Disney’s Best

A flashy cartoon feast that deals with the concept of racism? Yes, Zootopia lives up to that promise, and offers much, much more. As with any work of art, the conversation it creates is as important as the entertainment value offered.

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HBO’s ‘Animals’ Turns Our Furry Friends into the Obnoxious Bro Next Door

Though occasionally funny, HBO's Animals is just not nearly as edgy as it thinks it is.

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More Po and His Pals Are Not A Bad Thing With ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

Kung Fu Panda 3 contains a lot of those necessary beats to keep fans happy. It also does so in a way to keep things from feeling stale.

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‘Steven Universe’: Cartoon Network’s Avant-Garde Animation

Steven Universe's brightly colored world offers nuanced characters and complex plots by doing everything "wrong" by the outmoded standards of typical animated programs.

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Steven Universe: Season 2, Episode 29 - “Log Date 7 15 2”

The conclusion to this week’s "StevenBomb" is a quiet episode that offers greater insight into Peridot.

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Steven Universe: Season 2, Episode 27 - “It Could’ve Been Great”

Peridot's the focus of an episode with an ominous cliffhanger that could spell large-scale changes for the character.

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7 Jan 2016 // 11:00 AM

Steven Universe: Season 2, Episode 25 - “The Answer”

The first episode of the new year doesn’t provide answers so much as clarification and a deeper understanding of both the characters and the sociopolitical aspects of the Gem Homeworld.

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‘Anomalisa’: Through a Puppet’s Eyes, Darkly

Like some slim and semi-acclaimed allegorical novel recently translated into English, Anomalisa is about existential rootlessness.

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This ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Falls Short as a Tall Tale

The last (and least) of Gene Kelly's experiments with animation.

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The ‘Good Dinosaur’ Is a Familiar Beast

Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur features some of the studios’ most dazzling animation yet, but its story, while satisfying, borrows a few tricks from its predecessors.

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Both Old Fashioned and New Fangled, ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Is a Throwback Delight

A movie which combines the best of the late Charles Schulz's legacy with the technological tweaks of today.

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Trapped in the Negative Zone: The Fantastic Four on Film

The dust has cleared on the fourth attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen. Why is this team of comic characters so important? What keeps going so horribly wrong?

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‘Extraordinary Tales’ Brings Edgar Allan Poe’s Classic Stories to Vivid Life

Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories are brought to vivid life in Extraordinary Tales.

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1 Oct 2015 // 10:29 AM

Why ‘Toy Story’ Was So Innovative 20 Years Ago

In the case of Toy Story, said John Lasseter, “ we knew what computer animation could do. What its strengths were. And we knew what it couldn’t do.”

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‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ Isn’t All Just Fluff

Aardman Studios' stop-motion film introduces basic yet layered characters and sends them on clever, oftentimes funny adventures.

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‘Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist’ Is Older But Still Wise and Just As Funny

While this show is as funny now as it was when it first aired 20 years ago, the passing of time has given it even greater cultural meaning.

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