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'Monty Python and the Holy Grail': Re-released in Theatres!

Holy Grail looks decidedly low-fi, and also as if the crew was scrambling to get their scenes done, the roaming, oft-unsteady camera affording a remarkably focused energy.

Jesse Hicks
Television

'Prophets of Science Fiction': Some Powerful Engine

According to Prophets of Science Fiction, Mary Shelley's critique gains power by locating both Romantic and Enlightenment ideals in the form of Dr. Frankenstein.

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'Dark Matters: Twisted But True' Series Premiere

Dark Matters is about the consequences of opening “doors that should stay closed,” but it casts its lot with the ecstasy of transgression.

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Television

Livin' for the Apocalypse

Livin' for the Apocalypse profiles four groups of people, all of whom believe in some sort of impending doom. Their preparations are predictably similar.

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Film

13 Assassins (Jûsan-nin no shikaku)

13 Assassins is a taut, slow-burning movie with an explosive conclusion.

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'Treme' Season Two Premiere

David Simon's interest in cities has always been how they happen: how do particular practices and ideas become normalized, and how do these reveal crosscurrents of power?

Jesse Hicks
Television

'Beast Hunter' Series Premiere

Beast Hunter originates in a profound emotion: the awe that can overwhelm humans facing the mystery of our world.

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How I Ended This Summer

How I Ended This Summer takes place in the ceaseless daylight of a Russian arctic weather station, pitting two men against one another at the end of the world.

Jesse Hicks
Television

'Onion News Network' Series Premiere

If Onion News Network lacks a fresh and consistent point of view, it does best when it indulges in simple absurdity.

Jesse Hicks
Television

'James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons' Series Premiere

In this story about James Ellroy, there's no room for the reality of these dead women. They are instead objects of obsession, recreated in his hard-working imagination.

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'White Material': Owning the Land

In White Material, empty soccer fields become bleakly ominous vistas and vacant streets turn foreboding.

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'I Love You Phillip Morris': The Puzzle Piece

Jim Carrey headlines a fast-paced black comedy that's raunchy and subversive-and strangely moving.

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Does 'Enter the Void' Mean Anything?

Over 160 minutes, it all looks very impressive, but does it actually mean anything?

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The Myth of 'Carlos'

After a literally explosive opening, Carlos turns into a rush of international plotting, revolutionary speechifying, and guerrilla war-making.

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'Monsters': Imprisoning Ourselves

Curiously, the protagonists suffer no physical injuries -- walking incarnations of American exceptionalism.

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'Four Lions': Fast-Tracking the Final Days

Four Lions provides a welcome deflation of the terrorist mystique.

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'Howl': How Do You Film a Poem?

Each element of Howl captures an aspect of Allen Ginsberg’s landmark 1956 poem, producing a filmic refraction that sometimes matches the poem’s explosive intensity, but quite often seems inert.

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'The Walking Dead': Series Premiere

Whether a basic, human-seeming decency can withstand catastrophe is an animating question in The Walking Dead.

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'Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura' Season Two Premiere

Watching Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, one begins to wonder whether the truth truly is out there. Ventura persists because, as he explained in an interview with PopMatters, it's our civic duty.

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Television

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

Todd's "increasingly poor decisions" -- mostly lies (poorly) designed to help him get ahead, or as emendations to previous lies -- give the show a trajectory.

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