I’ll Take My Superheroes Seriously, Thank You

Thor: Ragnorak, the third installment in the Thor series and the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, debuted this past weekend, and as an avid fan of superheroes in general, I made sure to see it right away. Nearly three hours after sitting down in the theater, I walked out disappointed, popcorn bucket hanging … Continued

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The Bleak Morality of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

I went to see Blade Runner 2049, last weekend, and three hours after I walked into the theater—yeah, you read that right, THREE hours—I walked out a bit deafer thanks to the gratuitously loud soundtrack and slightly unsettled from what I’d just seen. If the year 2049 is even remotely like the film, then we … Continued

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Will House-Flipping Shows Redeem Themselves?

Is flipping houses a good thing or a bad thing? That’s the question that more and more observers have been asking about the skyrocketing popularity of shows like House Hunters, Property Brothers, Flip or Flop or the spate of other mostly HGTV programs airing these days. The most obvious criticism of these shows is that … Continued

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How Hollywood Ruined Jo Nesbo’s ‘Snowman’

The Snowman, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s Hollywood adaptation of Norwegian mystery novelist Jo Nesbo’s 2007 serial-murder thriller of the same name, is just as awful a movie as all the critics have said it is (“dreary as a Nordic winter and almost as long”). By the time I saw the film on November 2, at … Continued

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What ‘Stranger Things’ Teaches Us About Fatherhood and Family

The second season of Netflix’s hit series, Stranger Things, has some stranger things than the first season, but it continues to have a lot of the familiar, too. As strange as the monsters or the characters are, traditional themes that speak to most Americans continue to dominate the show’s narrative and drive its continued appeal. … Continued

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Lido Pimienta Thinks Racially Segregating Her Audiences Will Fight Racism?

The broadly-labeled “world music” or “world beat” musical genre was enormously popular from the late ‘80s through the late ‘90s and, for me as a musician, exciting and inspirational. Musicians from Mali to Croatia to Brazil found themselves collaborating with the biggest First World pop stars of the day to produce uniquely multicultural sounds. Peter … Continued

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Does Television Finally Understand Catholic Culture?

For most of entertainment history, Catholics seemed to only find their way on-screen if they were dressed in black. Perhaps because of that unpopular lifestyle called celibacy, religious men and women have always been a point of curiosity in the mainstream. From Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess to Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act to Netflix’s latest … Continued

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Sex Addiction, #MeToo, and Open Secrets

The Harvey Weinstein “Perv-gate” scandal, now nearly a month old, has gone from the sordid to the ridiculous and back again. The latest—and surely one of the most revolting of all the allegations of Hollywood- and media-linked sexual improprieties—has been forty-six-year-old actor Anthony Rapp’s statement that just-terminated House of Cards star Kevin Spacey had thrown … Continued

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The NFL’s Protest Problem

If you took the “under” in a bet predicting that the pre-game protests among NFL players would fizzle out by the mid-way point of the 2017 season, you just lost your money. In the hours leading up to the eighth weekend of the NFL season, a story broke that had Houston Texans’ owner Bob McNair … Continued

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