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  • Romantic comedies seem to have soured more than most movie genres. It could be due to their insistence on happy endings, or perhaps it’s the rigid structure that demands easily avoidable conflict followed by the protagonist breathlessly chasing...

  • The movies never get the Midwest right. When, onscreen, have you seen white people at the grocery store mouth that shy, apologetic “oop" noise every time someone walks close enough that they feel they must shift out of the way? Or a father...

  • In 1902, Dr. John Kellogg changed two letters in the word “sanatorium” — defined as a resting spot for disabled soldiers — and changed the world. “Sanitariums” became the health resort of choice for the wealthy and weary, instilling in the...

  • Boundaries are violated repeatedly in Fifty Shades Darker, a film that demands even more submission of its audience than its predecessor, 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey. No safeword can protect you from the sequel's depleting...

  • “A cat meowing at your feet, looking up at you, is life smiling at you,” says one of the interviewees in Kedi, and who am I to argue? Ceyda Torun’s daydream-like documentary explores a subject near and dear to my heart: the street cats of...

  • "She's a beauty," 16-year-old Connor says to his friend Ash as they gaze upon the glory that is their newly purchased paintball gun. In his feature-length debut as a writer/director, actual 16-year-old Jack Fessenden (who also stars as Connor)...

  • In director Amma Asante's epic political romance A United Kingdom, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star as Seretse and Ruth Khama, the interracial royal couple who stunned the world when they fought to rule the country that would become...

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