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In the Almost-Great Baby Driver, Hollywood Goes Asperger's

National Review - 23 Jun 2017
Baby's white-boy innocence is the opposite of the seething menace represented by Foxx, Hamm, and Jon Bernthal's Griff, revealing the conspicuous, audience-pampering, and ethnic cop-outs of most Hollywood entertainment. Baby's collection of personally ...
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What Does a Wonder Womanchild Want?

National Review - 02 Jun 2017
While it's okay for Trevor to be a pubescent girl's cartoon crush, Snyder has prepared us for more: In Batman v Superman, a black-and-white photograph showed Diana posed with Trevor and three sidekicks — Scotsman Charlie (Ewan Bremner), Turkish ...
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The Gay Transformer

Out Magazine - 23 Jun 2017
Portugese filmmaker Joao Pedro Rodrigues always struggles with his gayness, usually in films filled with mysterious, macabre events. His best known movie, O Fantasma (2000) has been revered in some circles but it could also, reasonably, be reviled.
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The Book of Henry vs. Maudie

National Review - 16 Jun 2017
Before praising Maudie, the lovely bio-pic featuring an amazing characterization by Sally Hawkins as Canadian painter Maudie Lewis, some commentary on the pertinence of movies and moral responsibility must come first. This week's opening of the revenge ...
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The Mummy Unwrapped: American Guilt and Masochism

National Review - 09 Jun 2017
Tom Cruise is a product of the '80s, the period when American movies gave up that mesmerizing 1970s spirit of self-examination and became fatally “high-concept.” Cruise's recent string of action movies showcasing his bantam intrepidness have all been ...
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Why The Skinny is the Best Film Ever Made About Pride

Out Magazine - 21 Jun 2017
They advance upon the bourgeois mainstream so dominated by media-empowered white gays that these characters seem new—in fact, almost alien as in the dismissive New York Times review that linked Polk's characters to "an invisible demographic.".
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The Wonder Woman Double Standard That No One Is Talking About

Refinery29 - 07 Jun 2017
The film made over $100.5 million domestically (and $223 million worldwide) in its first weekend in theaters, making it the highest grossing domestic film by a female director. It has a rating of 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, earned glowing reviews ...
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Watching Tiger Woods Fall From Grace

Fair Observer - 02 Jun 2017
But there's satisfaction in watching nature reassert itself over nurture, daring onlookers to smile at the triumph of base instincts over civilized manners. This is surely what New York Press writer Armond White has in mind when he perceives “charm ...
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What Makes Lubitsch Lubitsch?

Village Voice - 31 May 2017
“The Lubitsch touch” was the brainchild of a go-getter in the Warner Bros. publicity department named Hal Wallis, when Ernst Lubitsch was under contract at the studio in the 1920s. Thus did future producer Wallis invent one of the few PR slogans ever ...
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Return of the Get-Whitey Movie

National Review - 24 Feb 2017
What was it, exactly, that the all-media screening audience at the new movie Get Out was cheering for when the black protagonist killed an entire family of white folks one by one? Get Out isn't simply a revenge thriller; it's a state-of-the-divided ...
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Ethics, Erotics & History Combine in Handsome Devil

Out Magazine - 02 Jun 2017
Irish director John Butler has explained his gay-friendly coming-of-age film Handsome Devil using “strict binary definitions” clichés. There's even a scene where a gay teacher at Wood Hill boarding school advises a young gay student, “It gets better.
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A critical review of the year's best and worst films

National Review - 06 Jan 2017
Emmanuelle Bercot's story of a lost urban white kid in Paris gives an updated view of how society fails then rescues its own. It bests the theatrical and political clichés of August Wilson's black Pittsburgh family drama. Contemporary humanism vs ...
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Film Crit Hulk SMASH: That Wonderful WONDER WOMAN

Birth.Movies.Death. (blog) - 08 Jun 2017
There are many things to talk about with Wonder Woman. There's the fact that DC finally seems to have gotten its act together and built something somewhat functional and good hearted. There's the fact that both Gal Gadot and Chris Pine are outrageously ...
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Baywatch's Cultural Blindness

National Review - 26 May 2017
The Hollywood version of the '90s TV series panders to prurience and the longing for escape. The new Baywatch movie, a reboot of the Nineties beach-set crime-and-melodrama TV series, continues Hollywood's unoriginal marketing. It holds momentary ...
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Two new films show surprising respect for history.

National Review - 23 Dec 2016
Berg parallels Dzhokhar's hip sensibility with Officer Collier's courtship of an Asian-American girl and his video-game recreation with friends, white guys from Boston who recite the rap interlude of Jason Aldean's “Dirt Road Anthem” (“Better watch out ...
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Heroes Debunked

National Review - 03 Feb 2017
Ask me to name my favorite contemporary actor and I'd say Robert De Niro quicker than I could endorse any politician. But De Niro disgraces himself in The Comedian. In the time between the start of filming and the premiere of The Comedian (February 21, ...

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