Two New Movies Agree: Mean People Suck

Two new movies suggest something any Facebook user already knows: We’re getting far too good at being bad to our neighbors. The main character in the film, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, might be the most milquetoast heroine in recent memory. Ruth is a loner living in a nondescript home in … Continued

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‘Personal Shopper’ Exposes the Ghost in the Smartphone

The past decade of movie-going has witnessed a startling evolution in the passive-aggressive pre-show public service announcement. Those once-gentle reminders to turn off electronic devices during the movie have taken on an almost dictatorial urgency, stentorian voices now commanding the smartphone-armed audience, “DON’T. RUIN. THE MOVIE.” Now, however, even the movies themselves are starting to … Continued

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Feminists Find ‘The Red Pill’ Hard to Swallow

Intellectual humility—the acknowledgement that the truth is more important than your version of it—requires you to be open-minded enough not only to listen to an opposing viewpoint but to be willing to change yours when you are wrong. It is a quality in short supply and sadly undervalued in our age of arrogance. Filmmaker and … Continued

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Race-Envy and Identity Politics in ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, a horror-comedy take on the way black people are treated in modern America, succeeds as a hilarious thrill ride. But as a piece of social commentary, it falls short. Critics love it because of the subtle jabs at white liberal America’s hypocrisy about race. Moviegoers like it because Peele—half … Continued

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Why Do Audiences Love ‘Beauty and the Beast’? Because it’s Sincere

Despite netting over $170 million at the opening weekend box office, Disney’s new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, received somewhat mixed reviews. Many elite publications’ reviewers thumbed their noses at the film—what do these critics fail to see that audiences do? “There’s nothing particularly outrageous about retelling … Continued

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Feminists Angry that Wonder Woman . . . Shaves?

When we think of super heroes, there are probably several who come to mind. There are the old standards like Superman and Batman as well as newer heroes like Iron Man and The Hulk. What do all of these have in common, though? They’re men. That’s OK, but it’s still fun to see a strong … Continued

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‘Logan’ and the Challenges of Fatherhood

Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for seventeen years and nine films, longer than his young co-star Dafne Keen has been alive. In Logan, his R-rated and final ride as the adamantium-clawed mutant, Jackman embraces his age and experience to play a grizzled, broken-down Wolverine, a man of violence who has lost his way—until a … Continued

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