Why ‘Elf’ is a Terrible Christmas Movie

I hold a lot of controversial pop culture opinions. I think Friends is unfunny, Beyoncé is vastly overrated, and The Force Awakens is the best Star Wars installment. I am completely prepared to defend every one of these views—come at me Star Wars nerds, I dare you—but my thoughts on pop culture rarely have an … Continued

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The Problem with the New Thurgood Marshall Movie

Most people know the civil rights warrior Thurgood Marshall as the first black judge to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Few know the details of the legal slog he had to endure in the years beforehand. When I found out Hollywood was making a movie about his life, I was excited, but cautious. … Continued

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Five Reasons We Still Love ‘The Princess Bride’

For the next few days, The Princess Bride, the iconic indie-film-turned-blockbuster that turns thirty years old this year will be playing in select theaters. Has it really been that long since we met handsome, poor Wesley and his cheeky love, Buttercup? To celebrate this occasion, here are five reasons we still love The Princess Bride, … Continued

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What ‘The Glass Castle’ Teaches Us About the Limits of Freedom

In Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, she recounts burning down an abandoned shack with her brother, the result of a failed experiment involving matches and hazardous waste. After pulling her brother from the flames, her father, Rex, pauses for a moment before offering a physics lesson: He pointed to the top of the … Continued

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What ‘DETROIT’ Gets Wrong About Detroit

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow has made two of the better films of the past decade. Both The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty were commercial and critical successes. Both dealt with complex topics—modern war and terrorism—and both handled their complicated subject matters in nuanced ways. Unfortunately, Bigelow’s latest effort, DETROIT, falls short of the high … Continued

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Why ‘Baywatch’ Bombed at the Box Office: It’s Vulgar

The original “Baywatch” TV series was dumb, hokey and arguably sexist. It was also one of television’s more enjoyable guilty pleasures. The same cannot be said of the recently-released Baywatch movie, whose uber-fit stars (and cameos from original Baywatch cast members David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson) couldn’t save it from a poor showing at the … Continued

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