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On Nabokov's Experiments with Fragmented Dream Time

Nabokov's work is a fascinating read for all the questions it raises—some of which the world's best minds have been tackling for centuries.

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Outrageousness Takes a Holiday in 'Archer S8: Dreamland'

This may be a clever homage to classic hard-boiled detective fiction from the '40s, but Archer in Dreamland is not the wild man we've come to love/hate.

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The 'Night of the Living Dead' Zombies Will Still Get to You

George A. Romero's definitive zombie movie finally gets a definitive release on Criterion -- and it goes straight for your gut.

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Lois Weber's Legacy Rises in These Troubled Times, As It Should

Silent films The Dumb Girl of Portici and Shoes reveal two sides of the early Hollywood director: the filmmaker who wanted to tell epic stories on a grand scale, and the social activist who wanted her films to spark discussion and prompt change.

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This Little House Biography Is Wilder than Most

In Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Caroline Fraser sets the record straight about pioneer life, family feuds, and questions of authorship.

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Andrei Konchalovsky's Holocaust Film 'Paradise' Draws Illusions ​in the Ruins

Using documentary-style interviewing techniques and three narrators, Konchalovsky's work brings to mind well-known literary naturalists like Jack London and Stephen Crane.

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Nietzsche's Children Are in Full Survival Mode in 'Game of Thrones: S7'

Awful things—unimaginable to all but George R. R. Martin and the series writers—have happened to these characters, but those that haven't been killed are living proof of Nietzsche's maxim.

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For a Comedy of Manners, 'The Philadelphia Story' Is Awfully Screwball

Often screwball comedies feature sharp contrasts between social classes, with not-so-subtle commentaries on the idle rich, and that's here in triplicate.

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Surveying the British Thriller Landscape with 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang'

Mike Ripley's "reader's history" may only occasionally leave you shaken or stirred, but it does provide a lot of titles to consider for your reading queue.

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A Nice Guy in Noirland Reaches 'The Breaking Point'

This 1950 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not features John Garfield and director Michael Curtiz at their best.

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Can We Chat? Teen Problems Percolate in 'Face 2 Face'

This 2016 indie film logs in for the long haul with mixed results.

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'Groundhog Day' Meets T.S. Eliot in 'Life of Significant Soil'

This indie film charts the last gasp of a relationship between two New Yorkers who need each other, but aren't sure why.

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Award-winning Cinematography Enriches François Ozon's 'Frantz'

Impressive camerawork draws viewers close to characters whose lives have been turned upside down by World War I.


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