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WRESTLEMANIAC: IN ‘FOXCATCHER,’ EMPTY PATRIOTISM GETS PINNED

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If your only memories of the events that inspired Foxcatcher are vague impressions of tabloid headlines from decades ago, good. The best way to experience the film is with the sense that something will go horribly wrong without knowing how, why, when, or to whom. Continue reading

JONES UNCHAINED: ‘THE HOMESMAN’ RETHINKS THE REVISIONIST WESTERN

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Darkly comic and quietly subversive, may be the most successful rethinking of the American Western since Unforgiven. Continue reading

MOCKINGJAY, OR THE TEENAGER’S GUIDE TO PROPAGANDA AND REVOLUTION

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Mockingjay labors at dividing its time between romance and revolution, missing an opportunity, in its modernity, to provide interesting commentary on how, paired with art and iconography, technology can be weaponized for either side of a battle. Continue reading

YOU CALL THIS ARCHAEOLOGY?: HARVARD PROFESSOR SCHOOLS INDIANA JONES

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“There’s definitely this ambivalence [among archaeologists] toward the character specifically, but it’s mediated a little bit by the fact that most archaeologists—at least who are in their younger-than-fifties or maybe even younger than their sixties—experienced Indiana Jones at an early age, probably before they were professional archaeologists.” Continue reading

IN PROGRESS: A FILM ABOUT WHEN COMEDY ISN’T ENOUGH

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With the success of “Louie” and the tragic passing of Robin Williams, the reality of comedy as a deeply personal—and draining—art form is in the public discourse. Continue reading

‘SEA OF GREEN’: THE MOVIE MASS RAP AND WEED FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, AND IN SOME CASES MAY ACTUALLY APPEAR IN

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There are far too many cameos to mention, but hip-hop fans won’t be disappointed by the soundtrack or the Name Game you can play as subterranean legends surface in all scenes. Continue reading

ON ‘ROSEWATER’: MAZIAR BAHARI DISCUSSES HIS UNLIKELY SAGA OF JOURNALISM, IMPRISONMENT, AND ‘THE DAILY SHOW’

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“What happened to me in prison, it wasn’t funny at the time, because I was blindfolded and I was in solitary confinement or in an interrogation room. But with hindsight … it’s just laughable. My experience inside of Iran’s prison was [as] if they had read Kafka and then they thought it was not ridiculous enough and they added a bit of Monty Python to it.” Continue reading

STILL REPPIN’: WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ‘THE BAD NEWS BEARS’

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All conversations regarding this movie eventually arrive at the same one-sentence conclusion: “Man, isn’t it crazy that you could have kids talking like that back then?” Continue reading

DIG THIS: FULL BUSH, THE REAL THING, AND HASSLE FEST

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The question is: Why shouldn’t there be a Sailor Moon-themed show in Cambridge next week? Luckily, and most likely unbeknownst to you, there is. Continue reading

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