In A Crowded Golden Age Of Superhero Movies, “X-Men: Apocalypse” Still Has A Place

Eight years before Iron Man, when Marvel’s interconnected movie universe was just a studio’s daydream, there was X-Men. In many ways we have Bryan Singer to thank for establishing the success of today’s superhero blockbusters. Singer grounded his mutant world in realism and heart, proving that movies based on crime-fighting, cape-wearing people with funky abilities... Continue Reading →

The Show Without Fear: What Daredevil Got Right In Season Two and What It Didn’t

When Daredevil hit Netflix this time last year, it was a revelation. The streaming site gave Marvel a venue to explode with a previously unseen maturity on par with anything on cable. With season two upon us (and Jessica Jones months prior), it’s clear the collaboration wasn’t a fluke. Daredevil’s sophomore outing more than holds up to its premiere season, even... Continue Reading →

Zootopia Is The Movie We Need Right Now

It’s a disturbing time in American culture, for many reasons. Specific to the moment, a demagogue bully is running wild with the Republican voter base precisely because of his blatant, poisonous xenophobia. But for the past two weeks, the biggest movie at the box office has been a heartfelt allegory confronting institutional racism and systematic... Continue Reading →

The Witch’s Power Lies In Its Realism

What’s more terrifying than a Santanic witch? The life of a young girl in historical Puritan America. The best kind of art reflects the human condition. Saying so might be screenwriting 101, but most horror movies nowadays miss the forest for the trees. They settle for going through the motions: jump scares are a dime... Continue Reading →

“There is no God in the Badlands.”

Will I jinx the state of the television universe if I said AMC is unstoppable? Almost everything it touches turns to gold. The network’s newest drama, Into the Badlands, might not reach the same Emmy-adored levels as Breaking Bad or Mad Men (yet — we’re just one episode in), but not since The Walking Dead have they taken such a creative leap of faith. Into... Continue Reading →

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