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‘Game of Thrones’: Introspection and Morality

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— By Carly Twehous — [Heads up: Spoilers and content warning] These days, Game of Thrones is everywhere. Its unprecedented popularity is the topic for discussion on news shows, media blogs, and even other fictional shows and movies. In fact, the Los Angeles transit service plasters White Walkers and the Iron Throne on the sides of their buses and trains …

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Avenger’s B-Team: A Review of Marvel’s ‘Defenders’

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— By Carly Twehous — Spoilers below When Iron Man premiered in 2008, it blew everyone out of the water. At the time, no one thought superhero movies could actually, well, be good. No one anticipated that Robert Downey Jr., Hollywood’s favorite tabloid drug addict, was due for his own redemption arc. When the Marvel Cinematic Universe was announced—along with …

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Kenneth Branagh Carries the Old-Fashioned ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

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(2017—Director: Kenneth Branagh) High ★★★ (out of 5 stars) “I believe it takes a fracture of the soul to murder another human being.” — Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) to Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley) Potential spoilers below Every new generation receives updated adaptations of classic works of literature. Their quality may tend to trend downward, but each serves as an apt …

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The Fear of Rejection in ‘Back to the Future’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” So goes the classic quote that ends Back to the Future, one of the most enduringly popular movies of all time. Released in 1985, its story of a likable high school “slacker” who gets transported back in time …

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May the 3% Be Ever in Your Favor

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– By Carly Twehous – Mild Spoilers Below Out of The Hunger Games craze, audiences were smothered by a sudden influx of YA dystopian dramas, complete with love-triangles galore, forlorn female heroes, and social philosophies just out of reach and hidden by romance. (Seriously. The entire purpose of The Hunger Games is that the Capitol distracts the districts from their …

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Reluctant Revenge and Biblical References in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

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(2017—Director: Matt Reeves) Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Maurice was right. I am like Koba. He could not escape his hate…and I still cannot escape mine.” – Caesar (Andy Serkis) Potential spoilers below The rebooted Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy has become the defining trilogy of the 2010s, managing to improve with each installment. Rise of the Planet …

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Loving Vincent: Revolutionary Animation Serves a Thin Whydunnit

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(2017—Directors: Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) Low ★★★½ (would be lower if not for the animation) (out of 5 stars) “He struggled to be what they wanted him to be.” — Père Tanguy (John Sessions) to Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth) on the late Vincent Van Gogh Potential spoilers below The 2010s have seen several cinematic ventures that one can say …

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Visual Sci-Fi Splendor Compensates for Hollow Plot in ‘Blade Runner 2049’

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(2017—Director: Denis Villeneuve) High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Dying for the right cause is the most human thing we can do.” — Freysa (Hiam Abbass) to Officer K (Ryan Gosling) Spoilers below French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) took on immense pressure when he agreed to helm the long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s landmark 1982 science fiction …