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Kathryn Reklis reviews film, TV, and more

Of all the violence on Game of Thrones, one scene from the fifth season stands out in public opinion as particularly horrific.
July 6, 2015
U2's subway prank created a strange sort of intimacy and spontaneous community. I felt a similar dynamic at play at a recent funeral.
June 23, 2015
Watching Inside Amy Schumer or Broad City, you might conclude that sex is all young women think about. There is something refreshing about this.
June 8, 2015
Scandal and New Girl are not ordinarily “about” race. But as national conversations on police violence intensify, they’ve stepped into the discussion.
May 27, 2015
Typical superheroes have no religion; they are quasi-religious saviors. This makes the hero of the new Netflix series Daredevil unusual.
May 14, 2015
The generational gap between 25 and 42 might seem not that great. But Noah Baumbach has explored the subtle differences in many films.
April 29, 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a strange combination: a relentlessly upbeat comedy about surviving abuse.
April 15, 2015
In Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan takes characters he created for Breaking Bad and deepens and humanizes them
March 30, 2015
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.
March 18, 2015

Epic march

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.
February 1, 2015
With Marco Polo, Netflix reaches for a global audience. Unfortunately, it casts the epic drama through one European’s eyes.
January 21, 2015

Sympathy for Pharaoh

Exodus: Gods and Kings has more in common with the 2004 sword-and-sandal disaster Alexander than with the other biblical epics of 2014.
January 5, 2015
Like Sarah Koenig, I want to know if we can believe Adnan Syed. But I only know Syed through Koenig’s accounts of him in Serial.
December 23, 2014

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