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There is no resuscitation for science fiction film

There is no resuscitation for science fiction film

April 6, 2017

Science fiction movies have a special relationship with existential terror. The genre allows an artist to cover ground that invites a particular kind of fear. If it is a movie about space, then we are...

Satirical ‘Girls’ flaunts flaws and creativity in final season

March 9, 2017

“Girls,” which is four episodes into its sixth and final season, is still vulnerable to a lot of the same criticism it received from the beginning. It remains a show about four privileged white girls...

‘Legion’ breaks away from usual comic storylines

‘Legion’ breaks away from usual comic storylines

February 23, 2017

The new television show “Legion,” which airs on FX on Thursdays at 10 p.m., offers incomparable narrative and visual dynamism. For a while, it felt like TV shows were constricted by their plot-oriented...

James McAvoy plays Kevin—a man with 24 personalities—in  Manoj “M. Night” Shyamalan’s latest horror-thriller, “Split,” released on Jan. 20, 2017.

Shyamalan finds balance in “Split”

February 2, 2017

After seeing Manoj “M. Night” Shyamalan’s latest movie, “Split,” you might wonder why he had not made a movie like this earlier in his career. “Split” is not a great movie, but it is good...

HBO’s ‘The Young Pope’ is Trump-era TV that is worth the watch

January 26, 2017

Jude Law stars as Pope Pius XIII in HBO’s new limited series “The Young Pope,” which challenges notions of conventionalism and questions social and religious morality. The opening sequence of the...

‘South Park’ slips into the surreal

October 27, 2016

Like most people watching TV, when last week’s “South Park”  episode aired Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 10 p.m., I was watching our country’s most recent presidential debate instead. And like most people...

Series explores societal divides

October 13, 2016

Ever hear someone talk about “The Wire” like it is a high-level sociology class? I have. I have probably done it myself too. Part of what makes the show resonate is the way it fosters a conversation....

Young Thug’s ongoing, mesmerizing evolution

September 15, 2016

If you don’t quite get Young Thug, everything surrounding the release of his new mixtape, “No, My Name is Jeffery,” probably feels excessive. He’s changed his name to Jeffery, his birth name, for...

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