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Scandal and New Girl are not ordinarily “about” race. But as national conversations on police violence intensify, they’ve stepped into the discussion.
Typical superheroes have no religion; they are quasi-religious saviors. This makes the hero of the new Netflix series Daredevil unusual.
The generational gap between 25 and 42 might seem not that great. But Noah Baumbach has explored the subtle differences in many films.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a strange combination: a relentlessly upbeat comedy about surviving abuse.
In Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan takes characters he created for Breaking Bad and deepens and humanizes them
A TV show can present a minority group as "respectable" or as people who are as screwed up as anyone else. Transparent goes with option two.
Fifty Shades of Grey is not a good book. The film is even worse.
Every war movie is in essence a pro-war movie, even when it tries to be against war.
Seven of this year's eight best picture nominees are stories of lone, white heroes—stories that seem out of touch with the times. The exception is Selma.
With Marco Polo, Netflix reaches for a global audience. Unfortunately, it casts the epic drama through one European’s eyes.
Exodus: Gods and Kings has more in common with the 2004 sword-and-sandal disaster Alexander than with the other biblical epics of 2014.
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