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Is 'The Alienist' a Critique of Capitalism or a Pro-Neoliberal Narrative?

Author Caleb Carr's The Alienist explores the 19th century psychiatric debate between free will and determinism. TNT's nearly identical adaptation of the novel, however, comes up with a completely different conclusion.

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Will Sharpe's 'Flowers' Puts a Pretty Funny Spin on the Unfunny Subject of Mental Illness

Most attempts to address mental illness through the lens of comedy fail miserably. Flowers, however, does not.

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When 'Unsane' First Sinks Its Claws into You, It Sinks Them Deep

The way Soderbergh knocks loose our grip on reality is paralyzing and unforgettable.

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'Everything Here Is Beautiful' Conveys Strong Images of Mental Illness

This ambitious and empathic debut explores complications and consequences between sisters, cultures, and mental illness.

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The Struggling Economies of 'Two Days, One Night'

With a clear respect for the struggle of its characters, Two Days, One Night crafts a story that reveals the strife inherent in the economic system.

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'Vanessa and Her Sister' Is Enchanting

Those of us who write only wish for half of author Priya Parmar’s talents, whose writing is a lovely, lilting thing.

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Fear Itself: How Did the Big Screen Become Linked to a Crime Scene?

The social discourse around the Aurora shooting at the screening of The Dark Knight Rises reveals a schizophrenic culture struggling with the issue of its own sanity. With so many different voices vying for attention, it has found itself contending with confusing impulses and messages.

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'Titicut Follies' at Stranger Than Fiction

For documentaries, the question of what's true for whom remains resounding, no matter good intentions or willful exploitations. Titicut Follies reveals multiple truths, but leaves you to sort out what they can mean.

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Heavy (Emotional) Weather in 'The Stormchasers'

The Stormchasers is a non-traditional entry into the Chick Lit canon as there’s a lot of scientific talk in the book and a lot of getting one’s hands dirty. Sophie Kinsella this ain’t.

Books

Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl

The painful story of Miriam Reichl provides a good introduction for young people who don’t understand what the feminist movement was all about.


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