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Surprising Results From a Marathon Viewing of ‘A Christmas Story’

Even if you don’t give a hoot about Christmas and haven’t seen A Christmas Story seven million times, you may find The Triple Dog Dare shockingly charming.

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‘Passengers’ Asks, Are You Willing to Ruin Someone Else’s Life to Save Your Own?

Passengers raises worthy questions about social arrangements in the future.

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21 Dec 2016 // 9:30 AM

The “Invasion!” Crossover Event Offers the Best of the TV DC Universe

The multi-series crossover event tackles aliens and the multiverse with aplomb.

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Is the Author Gaming Hitchcock? or Is He Getting Gamed by Hitchcock?

“Often when I watch a Hitchcock film in this too-close manner... I am exhausted by the strain of so much scrutinizing… my task has turned me into a freak!”

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21 Dec 2016 // 2:25 AM

Taso: New Start

Taso's New Start is a showcasing of footwork’s far-reaching appeal and a necessary addition to its canon.

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The Magnetic Fields: The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees (Reissue)

A pair of sharp, wide-ranging, and playful albums get the reissue treatment on vinyl.

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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace

The Austrian jazz guitarist plays beautifully in his third outing for ECM with a remarkable band featuring Larry Grenadier, Brian Blade, Brad Mehldau, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

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Hugo Gernsback and Perversity and Optimism at the Dawn of Science Fiction

Grant Wythoff's new collection of Hugo Gernsback's writings is an indispensable volume for students of science fiction.

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Intelligent ‘80s Sci-fi Films, ‘Man Facing Southeast’ and ‘The Quiet Earth’, Question Life on Earth

These two films, now on Blu-ray, are early examples of dwelling in the possibility of multiple subjective realities.

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Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love!

Ditching the rap game in favor of a heavy P-Funk vibe, Childish Gambino returns with one of his strongest overall efforts yet.

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Pathos and Pride in Denzel Washington’s ‘Fences’

As director and star of this powerful adaptation of August Wilson’s canonical play, Denzel Washington plays a brash talker masking a world of misery and secrets, with an unforgettable pathos.

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In ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ Coming of Age Becomes a Wonderful Adventure

Set against a magical backdrop in the New Zealand bush, Hunt for the Wilderpeople offers a perfect balance of silly and lovely that makes it an irresistible adventure.

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Loretta Lynn: White Christmas Blue

For her second release of 2016, Loretta Lynn presents a down-home country Christmas of the old fashioned variety.

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Colman Andrews Defines Paul McCartney’s Butter Pie for the Non-Brit—and Other Recipes

Veteran food writer and lifelong Anglophile Colman Andrews brings his expertise to a book that by rights should be perfect.

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There’s No Real “Détente” In the Finale of ‘Divorce’

Divorce reaches anything but detente in its fitfully moving, but ultimately sour and reticent, finale.

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‘Goat’ Is a Film for its Time

Goat's universal horror is not its grisly depiction of "hell week" hazing, but the conditions that drive kids into the self-flagellation it requires.

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‘Barry’ Delivers Insights Into a Young Barack Obama

This is a film that wants to paint an impression of our current President without bogging down the narrative with unnecessary excess.

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‘Collateral Beauty’ Is Obsessed With Stringing Together Oscar Moments

Director David Frankel’s saccharine drama about love and loss will stop at nothing to make you cry.

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‘Hell on Wheels’ Is Both a Tactical Homage to the Western Genre and a Postmodern Pastiche

Doc Durant (Colm Meaney) embodies a harbinger that darkly foreshadows the shape of the American political landscape and a post-truth Presidency.

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‘Christmas in the Crosshairs’: It Wasn’t Always Love and Peace on Earth

The centuries-old struggle for and against the very idea of Christmas is chronicled in this fascinating book.

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