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‘Outlander’ is Not Just Star-Crossed Love

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– By Carly Twehous – Spoilers below These days, nobody talks about Outlander without first mentioning the star-crossed romance between Claire and Jamie, the feminist perspective, and, of course, the “masterfully filmed” sex. As I tend to be someone who avoids both forlorn romances, material that become more propaganda than actual feminism, and unnecessarily frequent and gratuitous sex scenes, I …

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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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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 …

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Improvisational Spirit Enlivens the Messy Yet Jovial ‘Thor: Ragnarök’

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(2017—Director: Taika Waititi) ★★★ ½ (out of 5 stars) “Asgard is not a place, it’s a people. And its people need your help.” — Odin (Anthony Hopkins) to Thor (Chris Hemsworth) “I have been FALLING for thirty minutes!” — Loki (Tom Hiddleston), after emerging from a realm of free fall  Potential spoilers below If one were to make a list …

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Prescribed Psychological Terror in ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

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(2017—Director: Yorgos Lanthimos) ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) Stage #1: Paralysis of the Legs Stage #2: Refusal to Eat or Drink Stage #3: Bleeding from the Eyes Stage #4: Death  “The most important thing in life is to have good friends, not lots of friends.” — Martin (Barry Keoghan) to Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) Potential spoilers below When non-American …

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The Humanity Behind the History: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

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— By Carly Twehous — People all around the world hold a generalized fascination and traditionalized respect for the British monarchy. Members of the Royal Family are constantly subjects of headlines and tabloids in every country that has newsstands. Whether this universal obsession started with a historical intrigue of the once great British Empire, or with the tragic and sudden …