On Media

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Kathryn Reklis reviews film, TV, and more

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

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