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Robert Altman's Quirky 'Popeye' Boasts a Can Full of Geniuses

Robert Altman's busy, mobile style perfectly captures and mirrors E.C. Segar's rowdy, rambunctious Popeye comic.

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Buster Keaton's 'The Cameraman' Casts Light on MGM's Tyranny

The Cameraman is Keaton's last great film, a jubilant, chaotic, and overactive silent romantic comedy that, intentional or not, doubles as a vision of the precarity of celebrity, independence, and artistry in the brutal Hollywood system.

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Reflections and Refractions: 'Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents'

The contributors to Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents identify nuance; frequently framing themselves and their parents through multiple lenses.

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In Defense of Enjoying Tom Hooper's 'Cats'

Critics and audiences have made much fun of Tom Hooper's Cats. The laugh is on them.

Television

In Nickelodeon's 'Rocko's Modern Life', Corporations Steal Our Souls to Enchant Their Commodities

In a society of things, social responsibility requires a recognition of the influence of commodities upon our most foundational spiritual experiences. Nickelodeon's animated series, Rocko's Modern Life, puts it simply.

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BBC's 'Fleabag' and the Inescapable Awkward Family

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag forces viewers to sit down at the dinner table with "the family", which is a game of conversational hot potato -- and nobody wants the f*cking potato.

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Short Stories: Siblings

Whatever the plot lines of a work of fiction, if it features siblings as important characters, various rich themes are mined. This issue of Short Stories brings forth the sibling-inspired works of Martha Bátiz, K Anis Ahmed, Jenny Zhang, Lidudumalingani, and Kseniya Melnik.

Television

The Willful Child in HBO's 'My Brilliant Friend'

HBO's My Brilliant Friend feels almost radical for its raw and un-romanticized depiction of female friendship and resistance in all its emotional complexities.

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'Pet Sematary' Is a Welcome Resurrection

Tense, unflinching, and completely self-aware, Pet Sematary veers away from its source material in satisfying ways, yet remains true to Stephen King's uncompromising vision.

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Harold Lloyd Proves Himself a Real Hickory in Silent Film 'The Kid Brother'

Over 90 years later, silent film The Kid Brother works well as entertainment for modern audiences, for whom its calculated old-fashioned corn and apparent simplicity aren't a problem but par for the course.

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Nora Krug's 'Belonging' Could Serve as a Model for Understanding Collective Responsibility

In graphic novel Belonging, Nora Krug takes a single idea – her family's involvement in the Second World War and Nazi Germany – and pursues it with relentless, forensic determination.

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'Mary Poppins Returns' Is Practically Passable, in Every Way

Even with few truly catchy numbers and a cumbersome plot, Mary Poppins Returns has enough bright-eyed optimism to almost escape the shadow of the toe-tapping original.

Film

What Went Wrong with Tim Story's 'Fantastic Four'?

Tim Story's film should have been a smash. So why did it fail in its adaptation of the groundbreaking Marvel comic book?

Film

An Ageless Dance in '95 and 6 to Go'

This documentary about a Japanese Immigrant in America during and after WWII dances with history, memory, and friendship.

Books

'South Pole Station' Presents an UnFamiliar but Believable World

South Pole Station is an unflinching yet loving look at family in all its forms.

Film

In 'Quest', Inner-City American Life Is Given the Treatment It Deserves

Director Jonathan Olshefski has made a stirring call for the placement of low-income, inner-city families into our collective consciousness.

Books

'The Sisters Chase' Gives Us a Protagonist Worth Taking the Journey With

Sarah Healy's The Sisters Chase introduces a flawed heroine for the ages in its breezy, affecting narrative.

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'Til Death Do You Part: And Other Thoughts About Family

Annabelle Gurwitch's humorous memoir, Wherever You Go, There They Are, captures how one is forever in the thralls of the family -- no matter the form that family takes.

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Just How Would Captain Fantastic Feel About His Own Film?

An average day at Ben Cash's commune -- at least in his mind -- would make Iron Man competitions look like intermediate intramural fluff.

Books

Don't Sign the Lease Just Yet

The journey in Housebreaking is gripping even though the payoff is light.

Books

'The Household Spirit' Is a Strange Book

This is the kind of book Erma Bombeck would have written if she was on heroin or had just watched The Grave of the Fireflies while listening to Jeff Buckley.

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'The Odd Life of Timothy Green': Too Odd and Not Odd Enough

Jim and Carol's story is at once mundane and creepy-cute, wound up around the core fact of the child Timothy, who arrives following a thunderstorm out of their garden

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Alison Bechdel's 'Are You My Mother?' Reveals a Graphic, Independent Mind

Like her previous memoir about her father -- the acclaimed and prismatic Fun Home -- Are You My Mother? blends textbook academia, beautifully emotive drawings, and generous confessions to find some familial recovery after years of discord.

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Is 'The Other Woman' Competing in the Cliché Olympics?

Although The Other Woman has the potential to be socially relevant given today’s blended families, it doesn’t present anything new.

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'Life in Flight' Flies Too Low

Here was an opportunity to delve deep into a study of the modern American family, and its subsequent breakdown upon entering the 21st century -- an opportunity missed.

Music

Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby: Two-Way Family Favourites

The perils of putting out a record of “Family Favourites” or cover songs that two people in love enjoy singing together reveals this can be a dangerous prospect.

Books

Transparent by Cris Beam

Christina combines intense vulnerability with a survivor's furious poise; on any given day, she can swing from gushing about Geri Halliwell to carving up her arm with a kitchen knife, but throughout it all we sense in her a miraculous core of resilience and insight.

Sady O.
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Family: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Though Family deserves credit for pioneering risky subject matter on network television, its legacy is found in clichéd after school specials, the very-special-episodes of '80s TV shows, and prime time teen melodramas.

Kelley Schei
Film

Supercalifuckthesystemexpialidocious

Desperate for a symbol other than Fight Club's Tyler Durden to help 'realign your perceptions' on life? Look no further than Walt Disney's 1964 family classic, and a certain subversive nanny who understands rebellion all too well.

Violet Glaze

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