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For those who have been bullied, revenge fantasy The Terror of Hallow's Eve may prove cathartic.

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The Summer Box Office of 2017 does not represent the death of the Hollywood. It simply represents the changing face of Hollywood accounting.

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The Clark Kent of Jazz: Bassist Ben Allison on His Latest, ‘Layers of the City’

Bassist and composer Ben Allison may be the most unassuming man in jazz, but his music is unique and brilliant. He talks with jazz critic Will Layman about finding his sound.

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Mints Rule by Fear But Bonbons Do Not

Forget fresh breath, bonbons breed bon mots.

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Walter Becker, the Cayenne in the Steely Dan Recipe

Steely Dan's Becker and Fagen were storytellers who invented characters whose odd, off-putting circumstances commented on the world as incisively as any Bob Dylan lyrics.

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In Praise of Homeboys: An Interview with the Kasai Allstars

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Horror Film Director Norbert Keil and Actor Barbara Crampton Discuss the Pleasures of the Genre

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How ‘The Quiet American’ Continues to Colonize Vietnam

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With Game of Thrones' massive cultural power comes responsibility. Alas, the John Ford homage "The Spoils of War" episode fails to address "savage Indian" stereotypes.

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The soft-voiced jazz guitarist who shares a home state with Ol' Blue Eyes reimagines Sinatra's bossa nova record 50 years later.

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A Specialist in Dying Arts: An Interview with Steven Wilson

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Rick and Morty can't resist the tug of religion in its dark and expletive-filled sci-fi universe.

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How Professional Wrestling Flung Itself Into the Arena of the Opinionated Class

The Mountain Goats' Beat the Champ and TV show Glow are just two examples of how wrestling has become "cool" to a snobby demographic.

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Does the Recent Scholarship on ‘Mein Kampf’ Risk Giving It More Legitimacy Than It Deserves?

Fringe bohemians and academic dropouts can produce great beauty and brilliance, in addition to great horrors. So what’s the point?

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PopMatters’ 2017 Fall Film Preview: At Last, the Film Industry Awakens From Its Slumber

From Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour to James Franco's meta-experiment Blade Runner: 2049 and Daniel Day-Lewis's final role, here are the movies you'll want to watch ... and a couple you might not.

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Time Travel Manga: What Would You Do If You Could Repeat the Past?

Time travel manga such as A Distant Neighborhood, Orange and Erased teach us a great deal about our shared humanity in these times.

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Do We Have to Explain Everything? Director Patricio Valladares on ‘Nightworld’

"...with my previous movie Downhill, that screened at FrightFest in 2016, a lot of people were bothered by the fact that I left things in the plot without explaining them."

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The Flipside #5: Chris Cornell’s ‘Scream’

In 2009, Chris Cornell took the biggest risk of his career, and by most accounts he flopped spectacularly. But does Scream look any better in hindsight?

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Noah Preminger Talks About His Bold Jazz Protest Album, ‘Meditations on Freedom’

Protest music is both an empathizing artform and an empowering oppositional force. Saxophonist Noah Preminger has taken his own stand, releasing his sixth album on Inauguration Day.

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On Debut Novelist Sally Rooney’s 21st Century Adultery Novel for the Internet Age

Irish writer Sally Rooney's methodical, calculated, ultimately rewarding debut novel, Conversations With Friends, explores real love lost, found, and transformed.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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