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How Amazon's 'Homecoming: S1' Reveals Toxic White Womanhood

Homecoming provides us with a much-needed perspective on how a white woman like Heidi Bergman appears at first to be so well-meaning, even antithetical to the "Becky" meme, yet ultimately upholds white supremacy with a friendly smile, which is perhaps even more dangerous and insidious than America's "Beckys".

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Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.

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Duplicity

For all its bright banter and flashbacky fanciness, Duplicity boils down to this rudimentary formula: morality and success are functions of beauty.

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Charlie Wilson's War

Sorkin's signature dialogue -- smart, rapid fire chatter that packs a punch -- makes this the most engaging poli-sci class you'll ever attend.

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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Male

From the tender and eerie precision of Sam Riley's depiction of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control to yet another superlative performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, PopMatters highlights the best male actors of 2007.

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Charlie Wilson's War

Like The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War is leftish and glib, entertaining and exasperating, and written by Aaron Sorkin.

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Kids' DVDs: June 2007

Given that babies and young children love nothing more than repetition, repetition, and... um.... repetition, I can't understand why even the pointiest of heads would think children between the ages of six months and three years could possible need 23 different Baby Einstein DVDs.

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Charlottes Web (2006)

Surprise! There is nothing even remotely offensive or ironic or postmodern about Charlotte's Web.

Daynah Burnett
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Closer (2004)

This leads to titillation, judgment, desire, and commerce all around. How Howard Stern.

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Closer (2004)

This leads to titillation, judgment, desire, and commerce all around. How Howard Stern.

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Berkley-educated, Katherine is a 'forward thinker,' a 'bohemian' who believes that education opens doors.

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine has her hands full, even aside from looking for romance (though this happens too, as this is, after all, a Julia Roberts movie).

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Hook (1991)

Hook is thoroughly watchable, often amusing, fitfully entertaining.

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

His redemption, Barris abruptly realizes, can come only in detailed recollection, specifically, in his decision to confess his many sins.

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Full Frontal (2002)

This self-satisfaction makes Full Frontal's gears grind.

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Ocean's Eleven (2001)

The background surf, unbuttoned shirt, and look away from the camera -- all this demonstrates just how movie-starness is done. The plot, like I say, is beside the point.

Cynthia Fuchs
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