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In New ‘Star Trek,’ is Discovery “A” OK?

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We look at the history of Starship registry numbers and why the latest may be a controversial addition to the canon.

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The Portrayal of OCD in ‘Black Swan’

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Beyond its body horror and psychedelic visuals, the 2010 film tells a story of living with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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‘Zodiac’ and Setting the Scene for a Serial Killer

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In the first scene of ‘Zodiac,’ David Fincher makes it clear that catching a killer is no easy feat.

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Good News is No News: The Corruption of American Media in ‘Ace in the Hole’

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Billy Wilder’s 1951 film noir masterpiece is an unforgiving satire of the American media and its audience.

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David Fincher’s Long and Winding Road to ‘Mank’

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This movie and its lack of serial killers and murder is a strange choice for the filmmaker. Or is it?

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‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’ Brings Cheer by Any Means Necessary

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The sequel continues its presentation of a gruff, badass Santa Claus in the form of Kurt Russell, and we require his forceful feeding of good cheer more this holiday than ever.

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‘Sound of Metal’ and the Superpower of Silence

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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

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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

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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.