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On Bruce Springsteen's Music in Film and TV

Bruce Springsteen's music in film and television captured author Caroline Madden's imagination. She discuses her book, Springsteen as Soundtrack, and other things Springsteen in this interview.

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Robert Eggers' 'The Lighthouse' Blazes with Brilliance

Director Robert Eggers' emotional powerhouse, The Lighthouse, is a profound allegorical reminder that no man is an island.

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Hidden Hints, Motifs, and Deep Details in Films from 'The Secret Life of Movies'

Simon Brew's latest book, The Secret Life of Movies, gives film fans a compelling look into films from angles they might not have thought of -- yet.

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Brilliant Moral Science - and Dinosaurs -- from the Yeaworth-Harris Trilogy!

From the makers of The Blob, Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr .and Jack H. Harris, 4D Man and Dinosaurus! (restored by Kino Lorber) give film fans a can't-look-away sci-fi gaze into the victims of progress.

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'The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot' Will, Like 'Donnie Darko', Surprise

The title suggests that this would be a schlocky B movie with a '70s-style grindhouse aesthetic, but The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot is, in fact, a finely crafted and emotionally charged drama about ageing, loneliness, and lost love.

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Claire Denis's Splendid 'High Life' Engages and Repulses

In existential nightmare, High Life, Claire Denis explores the darkest intersection between outer space and the human psyche.

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Jordan Peele’s 'Us' Is a Conceptually Dense Study in Uncanny Horror

The budding auteur's follow up to Get Out, Us, is murkier than its predecessor but features a treasure trove of potent references to keep its ambitious premise afloat.

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Sight and Sound and Fury: Paul Fonoroff's Powerful 'Chinese Movie Magazines'

In Chinese Movie Magazines, Paul Fonoroff highlights the capacity for humans to embed their desires and history in the most innocuous-seeming of creative efforts.

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M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' Doesn't Recognize Its Own Strength

James McAvoy's impressive acting and fleeting moments of powerful imagery dazzle in M. Night Shyamalan's Glass, but that can't make up for the film's shattered second half.

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Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' Is a Lustrous, Slyly Subversive Melodrama

Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War, a sweeping romance, is equally indebted to grand spectacle and the practical compromises of wartime Europe.

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Through the Looking-Glass of Black Mirror's 'Bandersnatch'

Netflix's interactive movie, Bandersnatch, doesn't really offer choices, but it does offer something else: a warning.

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The Animated 'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm' Is Still the Only Bat-Film That Gets It

Despite a long history of live action films with wildly varying tones, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is still the only theatrically released Bat-film to truly understand the character and how best to build a story around him.

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'Wasteland', or, How We Went From World War I to White Walkers

In Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror, historian W. Scott Poole exhumes our obsession with the living dead.

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Hayao Miyazaki's Films Help Us See Ourselves "with Eyes Unclouded"

Japanese Studies scholar Susan Napier's Miyazakiworld reveals an animation auteur with an urgent message to convey about our future -- and ourselves.

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'Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.' Is a Studied but Incomplete Portrait of the Artist and Activist

The new documentary by Steven Loveridge, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., is an imperfect homage to the talents of its star, albeit with brief moments of fascinating inquiry at its center.

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'Widows' Is an Exquisitely Composed Feminist Heist Thriller

Who knew that one of film's greatest arbiters of misery, Steve McQueen, also had a fun side with his latest film, Widows?

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'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Is an Honest, Empathetic Look at Big City Loneliness

In sneaky ways Can You Ever Forgive Me? works as a rallying cry for the dejected.

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Robert Redford Weaponizes His Charm in 'The Old Man and the Gun'

Robert Redford's swan song, The Old Man and the Gun, capitalizes on the charisma that has made him an enduring star for six decades.

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'The American President' and the Aesthetics of Rising NeoLiberalism

In the prescient The American President, the president and his love interest push the liberal agenda while simultaneously living in the lap of luxury. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too.

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'Arcadia' Fashions a Creepy Collage from Archive Footage of Britain’s Countryside

Folk horror, hauntology, and archive footage combine to form an unsettling portrait of rural Britain.

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'Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde': Hammer Films in Transition

The legendary horror studio's gender-bending take on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story epitomized the changing roles of women at Hammer Films.

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'Mid90s' Is a Winning Story about the Losers

Jonah Hill's directorial debut is a deceptively rich examination of the male psyche.

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Where Black Girls Are Seen and Heard: 'The Hate U Give'

The Hate U Give director George Tillman Jr. and actors Amandla Stenberg and Russell Hornsby discuss the film's cultural impact with PopMatters.

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Nihilistic 'Jubilee' Sought Fit to Celebrate Nothing

Much like his former colleague Ken Russell, Derek Jarman knew which buttons to press when seeking to outrage the UK's moral majority.

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TIFF 2018: 'Greta'

Neil Jordan's latest thriller, Greta, doesn't make sense -- but it's a wild ride.

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TIFF 2018: 'Vox Lux'

Brady Corbet's Vox Lux is a horror movie about the link between hedonism and explosive violence in the 21st century. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

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The End of Endings: How 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' and Don DeLillo's 'Zero K' Explain the Current State of Storytelling

Somehow, without realizing it, for both DeLillo and Rowling, death, the end of the world, and endings themselves are best emblematized by a dysfunctional father/son relationship.

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'The Sisters Brothers' Blazes a Brilliant -- if Twisted -- Trail

Jacques Audiard's revisionist Western shines thanks to moral quandaries and John C. Reilly's performance.

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We Are All Part of the Patriarchy: 'Space Sirens, Scientists and Princesses'

In Conrad's significant project of tracking the representations of women in sci-fi cinema, he's mindful of his subjectivity.

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Joni Mitchell at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970

Murray Lerner's documentary of this historic event shows Joni Mitchell braving a restless and angry audience at Britain's answer to Woodstock.

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Movies on My Mind: The Pleasures of Re-Watching

The very best films warrant repeated viewings so that fresh nuances emerge, allowing a deeper understanding and appreciation to accrue.

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David Lynch and Kristine McKenna's 'Room to Dream' Never Awakens

The legendary director behind Twin Peaks, Eraserhead, and Mulholland Drive joins co-author Kristine McKenna for a unique blend of autobiography and biography that does little to solve the mysteries of his life and work.

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'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' Is a Lean, Mean, and Troublesome Thriller

Stefano Sollima's hyper-violent thriller is a manly movie about hard men doing hard things.

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Marvel Wisely Goes Small with 'Ant-Man and Wasp'

Peyton Reed's campy follow-up to the epic Avengers: Infinity War serves as a welcome breather from saving the world.

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Killing Is Killing: Logan's Enduring Excellence

In a competitive sea of superhero films, Logan continues to stand out with its tremendous performances, thematic complexity, remarkably critical take on violence, and deeply stirring pathos.

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'Tag' Is Not It

Jeff Tomsic's Tag is a missed opportunity to show that not all masculinity is toxic, even if it refuses to leave the playground.

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'They Came to a City' for a Vision of Utopia

J. B. Priestley's sense of social conscience permeates every frame of They Came to a City.

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