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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

With pure style, Wright re-arms the entire genre against us. Through comedy, we become the living dead.
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Gender Horror in The Witch

Gender Horror in The Witch

A movie so scary it's worthy of study. Eggers is a name to watch.
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Dumbo (1941): The First Disney Film to Fall Short

Dumbo (1941): The First Disney Film to Fall Short

Beautiful animation complements a pretty bare story about proving yourself even when you have nothing to prove. Not the studio's best.
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Dark City: Solving the Us Illusion

Dark City: Solving the Us Illusion

An extravagant mystery, deeply brilliant. Where mainstream meets noir and makes them both seem like a good idea.
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Snow White and #MeToo: Reclaiming a Classic

Snow White and #MeToo: Reclaiming a Classic

An alternative to the modern rejection of fairytales. Why true love never goes out of style.
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Enemy Explained

Enemy Explained

An analysis of Villeneuve's dreamy horror film. Not for the faint, the arachnophobic, or the easily confused.
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In Defense of Star Wars—The Phantom Menace

In Defense of Star Wars—The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace is unformed as a child’s drawing, and sometimes feels as innocent, and many times threatens through sheer force of will to be charming.
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Annihilation: Smart Movies Have it Rough

Annihilation: Smart Movies Have it Rough

Annihilation isn’t essentially different from those old B-movies with rubber monsters and blank-eyed scientist waifs and big, calculating ideas about teaching us something about the universe. It’s just the movie those movies hope to be when they grow up.
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Aliens: Diversity Done Right

Aliens: Diversity Done Right

Cinema's strongest action lady brings us the most charming gore-fest ever made.
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The Fight to Be Fathered: False Politics in Black Panther

The Fight to Be Fathered: False Politics in Black Panther

This is a film made with the intention of proving that black actors should not be typecast as thugs, yet part of its comedic scheme is the counter-marginalization that all white people are colonizers. Black Panther admirably opposes prejudice when it’s directed at certain groups, but I would have preferred it, especially if its goal was “elevation,” to oppose all prejudice equally.
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Ghostbusters (2016): The Problem with Fake Feminism

Ghostbusters (2016): The Problem with Fake Feminism

Merely a below-average comedy that becomes a disreputable slog by whoring out its cast for a studio’s ill-conceived marketing angle.
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Recent Reviews

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
A cartoon in the spirit of the old epics. The best musical Disney ever made.
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Alien
The horror here is disquietingly personal. A masterclass in turning style into story.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
My favorite of the Disney Star Wars films. A rugged take on the universe that almost lives up to its ambitions.
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Gender Horror in The Witch
A movie so scary it's worthy of study. Eggers is a name to watch.
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Shazam!
Not only does the movie walk on air, it never loses sight of the people on the ground. Few movies have been less ashamed to be themselves.
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Terminator Genisys
About as bad as a movie of its kind could be. The franchise equivalent of suicide ideation.
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Zodiac
A movie made as meticulously as a case file. It will make you as obsessive as its director.
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Lost in Translation
Coppola's wry, magical opus. Maybe falling in love has never been like this, but you'll believe that it should be.
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We Need to Talk About Kevin
A movie where story and performance collide. As unsettling as we always knew Tilda Swinton could be.
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The Shadow
A superhero film justly thought of as sloppy, and wrongly ignored for being so spunky and beautiful.
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Swiss Army Man
Not a movie for the faint of anything. If you can get through the gross stuff, you might discover a romance.
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Dumbo (1941): The First Disney Film to Fall Short
Beautiful animation complements a pretty bare story about proving yourself even when you have nothing to prove. Not the studio's best.
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
The rare horror film that makes you afraid of your own life, rather than for it. A paranoia masterclass.
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The Matrix Reloaded
A ton of effort goes into figuring out what to do with a Kung fu movie. It can be beautiful, and it can also fall apart in your hands.
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Sunset Boulevard
A movie about the problems with movies. Thankfully, it has none of its own.
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Sleepy Hollow
An underappreciated throwback movie. Horrific, cheesy, and sometimes completely beautiful.
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Dark City: Solving the Us Illusion
An extravagant mystery, deeply brilliant. Where mainstream meets noir and makes them both seem like a good idea.
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture
A movie disregarded even in its own series. Flawed and beautiful as the human race it's about.
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