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A Wounded Soldier Enters the Lionesses’ Den in ‘The Beguiled’

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(2017—Director: Sofia Coppola) High ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Sofia Coppola, daughter of the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now director Francis Ford Coppola, continues to be a formidable female voice in modern cinema. With her adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel, she boldly and brilliantly stripped the Southern Gothic story down to an island of sexual tension and …

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Sin, Not Tragedies: Review of History Channels’ ‘Vikings’

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— By Carly Twehous — [The following review contains major spoilers for Seasons 1-3.] Everyone had that favorite time period and culture in history class. You know the one. It’s the subject that inspired enough genuine curiosity that it would rouse you from your regularly scheduled third period nap and give you the inexplicable superhuman strength to listen to Mr. …

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Ace in the Hole: Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ Review

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— By Carly Twehous — If you’re not sick of the constant news coverage from the most recent election cycle—the scandals, the Russian hacking, the debate whether or not our current president is a reincarnated prophet or the antichrist—or if you prefer to drown yourself in fiction and ignore all of life’s infinite problems, yet still have an inexplicable craving …

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Heartfelt Performances Wasted in ‘The Book of Henry’

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(2017—Director: Colin Trevorrow) High ★★ (out of 5 stars) Back in 2012, I stumbled upon an indie sci-fi rom-com called Safety Not Guaranteed, the narrative film debut of writer-director Colin Trevorrow (the 2004 documentary Reality Show). Though not a perfect package, Safety was the type of film that makes its viewers watch the director’s next move. That next move, as …

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The Resurrection of a Genre: Review of Syfy’s ‘The Expanse’

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— By Carly Twehous — Let’s be honest. There hasn’t been any decent science fiction on American television since the penultimate episode of Star Trek: Enterprise — I’m still pretending that the last episode never happened — that aired way back in 2005. That’s going on twelve years, for all you math whizzes out there. An argument can be made …

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History And Myth

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American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Review By Carly Twehous On June 12, 1994, Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered in a ritzy Los Angles neighborhood that, up until this date in history, hadn’t seen a crime worse than petty theft. The high-profile neighborhood and the celebrity status of one of the victims began a brand new era …

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: A Spirited Comic Book Sequel

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(2017—Director: James Gunn) ★★★ 1/2  (out of 5 stars) The first Guardians of the Galaxy came out in August of 2014. It surprised many with its playful tone and the charisma of its ensemble. With James Gunn returning to write and direct, the sequel (subtitled Vol. 2) delivers the same characters and amps up the colorful fun for the most …

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Five Hundred, Twenty-Five Thousand, Six Hundred Minutes

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Review By Carly Twehous Stars Hollow, Connecticut and the spunky mother-daughter duo of Lorelei and Lorelei (Rory) Gilmore immediately captured the hearts of viewers way back in 2000, when it first aired. Back then, Rory was a high school sophomore, who always had her nose in a book, and Lorelei was a fast-talking, …

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Love in the Time of Genocide: ‘The Promise’ Review

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(2017—Director: Terry George) ★★★ (out of 5 stars) For much of his career, Irish writer-director Terry George drew from his experiences of the Irish “Troubles” to craft absorbing tales of perseverance in an oppressive landscape. This ranges from Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite getting framed and imprisoned for a crime they didn’t commit in 1993’s In the Name of the …

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Last Man Standing: ‘The Walking Dead’ Review

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Last Man Standing: A Review and Defense of AMC’s The Walking Dead By Carly Twehous   Admittedly, I am rather late on jumping on The Walking Dead wagon train. I’ve always had this disproportionate, yet completely reasonable fear of cannibals and, well, flesh-eating zombies fit the bill. Eventually, I broke down. It was finals week, I’d just finished my traditional …