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From Yugoslavia to South India: The Rise of Tamil Turbo-folk

Like its Serbian counterpart, Tamil Turbo-folk masquerades as ethno-nationalist resistance against the dislocations brought to bear by nation building, liberalization, and globalization.

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I Was So Bored Watching ‘Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens’

Star Wars is the latest exemplar of a genre that's accelerating toward its own creative exhaustion. That genre, of course, is the Hollywood tent-pole.

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There Are No Accidents on ‘Mulholland Drive’

David Lynch's film unfolds in a series of desires, warnings, and deals that are often made under duress by unseen malevolent forces, or motivated by darkness within.

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New ‘Star Wars’ Film Is a Fascinating Insight into the Populist Artistry of Its Veteran Screenwriter

The rehabilitation of the Star Wars franchise is a triumphant return for Kasdan, whose output since the start of the millennium has been as underwhelming as that of, well, George Lucas.

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4 Jan 2016 // 1:59 AM

The Nancy Meyers Method

Nancy Meyers consistently ensures that any woman worthy of being in one of her scripts would not need the guy to be with her at the end of the third act.

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The Lack of Imagination in 2015 Film Reboots Wasn’t Always a Bad Thing

From Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Mad Max: Fury Road, Creed, and even Magic Mike XXL, Hollywood's 2015 slate felt even more sequel-heavy than usual.

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30 Dec 2015 // 11:23 AM

The Best Films of 2015

What is Art, at its best, but the very weapon by which we wage the necessary, perpetual war on Culture? Here, but a quiver full of the world’s arsenal of 2015 film offerings.

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The Worst Films of 2015

Get a laugh from the trailers of the worst movies of 2015, but don't waste your time watching these films unless you happen to enjoy things that are so bad they are amusing.

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23 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

A Shane Black Christmas

Issues like regret, redemption, and red-eyed depression hit everyone in December -- the only difference is, it’s usually not followed by a shootout and attempted kidnapping.

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The Best Holiday Films Mischievously Undermine the Values They Superficially Promote

These holiday movies are more about messing up one’s life and finding second chances than they are about expressing joy to the world.

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Making Movies to Survive in ‘The Wolfpack’

The Wolfpack is less about the power of movie consumption and more about the power of movie creation.

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Born in a Trunk, Raised on the Stage: An Interview with Leslie Uggams

Celebrating a lifetime on stage and screen, Leslie Uggams reflects on Broadway, her roles in Roots and Deadpool, and why Pharrell makes her happy.

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40 Nights at the Movies (in the Comfort of Your Home): The Franchise

Back by popular demand! Recommendations from "40 Nights at the Movies" will keep you, your dog and your elephant glued to the couch for months.

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Ray Harryhausen’s Legacy: Monster Movies, Special Effects, and the Sci-Fi Fanzine

All of Harryhausen’s invocations of mythical antiquity deserve attention and study, regardless of their fidelity to ancient sources, and despite (or perhaps because of) the rise of 'New Hollywood' and the summer blockbuster.

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‘Victoria’ Director on How He Made the Most Thrilling “Crazy Little Dog” of the Year

Sebastian Schipper has created a single-take marvel that has won awards, invigorated young audiences, and is finally hitting Stateside.

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Order, Chaos, and Faith: The Themes and Form of ‘The Dark Knight’

Originally a story about the perils of combating organised crime, The Dark Knight makes several radical departures that frequently result in the main characters being split among tonally disparate contexts whose relevance to each other is not always immediately evident.

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A Symphony in Three Parts: Breaking Down the ‘Steve Jobs’ Score with Composer Daniel Pemberton

The composer for the new Danny Boyle/Aaron Sorkin collaboration Steve Jobs offers a rundown of what it took to put his complex score together for the film.

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Winona Ryder Talks With PopMatters About the ‘Experimenter’

Winona Ryder speaks to PopMatters about Experimenter, aging in Hollywood, and why she's the only actress who doesn't want to direct.

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Litanies of Death and Desire: The Works of Alain Robbe-Grillet

Often exploring the haunted depths of dissolute sexuality, author and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet reframes the ideas of longing and desire through his usual exercises in repetitious narratives.

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Exploring the Morality of Romance within ‘Brief Encounter’, 60 Years On

If rom-coms are the easiest way to zippily engage with the caprices of love and still find a happy ending, then romantic tragedies show the extent to which love can be ruinous, challenging, and largely unfulfilling.

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'Cube Escape' Is Free, Frustrating, and Weirdly Compelling

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"The Cube Escape games are awful puzzle games, but they're an addicting descent into madness.

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