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‘Sound of Metal’ and the Superpower of Silence


Riz Ahmed crackles with powerful and recognizable distress in the film. Through his characters’ confrontation, we can all find a path to letting go of our past selves.

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Make the Yuletide Gay: Why We Need More Queer Christmas Movies


Clea DuVall’s ‘Happiest Season’ proves the want and need for LGBTQ+ Christmas stories.

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The Western Lives On in Science Fiction Television


Traditional Westerns may still be out of fashion, but you can find a semblance of the genre in ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ TV series.

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‘The Witches’ Brings Horror to a New Generation


Robert Zemeckis’ version of ‘The Witches’ has arrived and is ready to traumatize an all-new generation.

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Tim Heidecker’s ‘Fear of Death,’ Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancholia,’ and the Comfort in Facing the End


There’s an unlikely link between the controversial Danish filmmaker and the absurdist comedian: how they approach human mortality.

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The Ending of ‘The Matrix’ Explained


While the ending of ‘The Matrix ‘seems overwhelmingly positive, Neo is in fact stuck in a cycle of control, which continues through the next two films.

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Style is Substance in ‘Badlands’


An exploration of how the visuals of Terrence Malick’s debut paint the dream world Kit and Holly are chasing.

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The Timeless Nihilism of ‘Se7en’


Released 25 years ago, David Fincher’s film is a crushing look at just how meaningless life can be.

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‘Lovers Rock’ Immerses Us in an Energetic Reggae House Party


Steve McQueen revitalizes what we all miss about house parties and depicts an experience unique to the vibrant West Indian community in London circa 1980.