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Is the ‘Barbie’ Movie Performative Subversion or Meaningful Rebellion?

Is the ‘Barbie’ Movie Performative Subversion or Meaningful Rebellion?

Is the Barbie movie, like the Barbie dolls, a superficial attempt to co-opt feminist discourse? Or does it offer something substantial? 

Detective Fantasy ‘You Never Can Tell’ Spoofs Film Noir

Detective Fantasy ‘You Never Can Tell’ Spoofs Film Noir

Fantasy, comedy, romance, reincarnation, animals and murder are ingredients for You Never Can Tell, a whimsical story with spoofs of film noir.

Godfrey Reggio’s Beautifully Bewildering ‘Once Within a Time’

Godfrey Reggio’s Beautifully Bewildering ‘Once Within a Time’

Once Within a Time‘s beautifully bewildering carnival of pop surrealist imagery will haunt you long after its 51-minute concludes.

Pablo Larraín’s ‘El Conde’ Dilutes the Real Horror of Pinochet

Pablo Larraín’s ‘El Conde’ Dilutes the Real Horror of Pinochet

Pablo Larraín’s fascist vampire analogy El Conde somehow trivializes the Pinochet monstrosity at its core.

‘Last and First Men’ Is a Symphonic Meditation on Humankind’s Brevity

‘Last and First Men’ Is a Symphonic Meditation on Humankind’s Brevity

Last and First Men, an astounding and unusual art film, science fiction meditation, and visual symphony, is the first and only film created by the late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannson.

Can Barbiecore Put Some Color into Corporate-World Fashion?

Can Barbiecore Put Some Color into Corporate-World Fashion?

Barbiecore might be more than a summer phase. The Barbie movie has some women thinking it’s time we rocked the pink in corporate-world fashion.

The Unreality of Identity in David Lynch’s ‘Inland Empire’

The Unreality of Identity in David Lynch’s ‘Inland Empire’

Now that we’re awash in time loops and other realities, filmgoers are primed for three hours of David Lynch’s reality and identity-questioning film, Inland Empire.

Fashion Is the Loose Thread in the ‘Barbie’ Movie’s Pink Armor

Fashion Is the Loose Thread in the ‘Barbie’ Movie’s Pink Armor

The pink fashion in the Barbie movie may seem like feminism, but if you squint deeper into the pinkwashing, you’ll spot some loose threads that you just have to pull.

‘The Flash’ and Its Disposable Heroes of Multiversity

‘The Flash’ and Its Disposable Heroes of Multiversity

The story that takes up most of The Flash’s running time is about something that never happened, and worse, the film skips over the hard part of multiversity storytelling.

Duras, Marguerite Duras: Two 1970s Musings from the Cinematic Mist

Duras, Marguerite Duras: Two 1970s Musings from the Cinematic Mist

The women in Marguerite Duras’ India Song and Baxter, Vera Baxter present images and rumors to the world but retain a core of adamantine mystery.

Director Léa Mysius on ‘The Five Devils’ Aromatic Mystery

Director Léa Mysius on ‘The Five Devils’ Aromatic Mystery

Director Léa Mysius talks with PopMatters about her sophomore feature The Five Devils, a nuanced exploration of the primitive senses.

Will the TV-Adaptation of ‘The Power’ Persuade Viewers?

Will the TV-Adaptation of ‘The Power’ Persuade Viewers?

The characters’ prospects in the upcoming TV adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s The Power are dubious, considering it’s an idea-driven dystopian novel that fries them with an over-abundance of imagery and biblical allusion.