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Arrival: What is your purpose?

The best science fiction is philosophical and thought provoking. I don’t mean to suggest that good science fiction has to be as mind-numbingly slow and boring as 2001: A Space Odyssey, but really good scifi is rarely just explosions and ...

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My Scientology Movie: Tell him to stop filming

The quintessential American experience: an fanatical cult obsessed with money and celebrity, fighting scrutiny at all costs, and weathering widespread claims of abusing and exploiting its members. It’s surprising Scientology is not the state religion. Let’s hope that opening crack ...

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Paper Girls: Newspapers, Walkmans, and time travel

The 80’s are in. Nostalgia has made cassette tapes, mullets, and neon hair ties positively fashionable. Brian K. Vaughan has lucked out with the timing of Paper Girls; with Netflix’s Stranger Things and the next Black Mirror season also being set in the 1980s, the comics’ setting ...

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American Honey: Make some money

Movies about self-centred, materialistic, vacuous dolts run a fine line. I’ve never been one to advocate that the subjects of films need to conventionally sympathetic but without some sort of critical observation of such figures, a filmmaker runs the risk ...

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