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Apr 7
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Remembering<i> John Q.</i>, a Hostage Thriller Where the Hospital Is the Terrorist

One way to measure a movie’s success is by who it offends. And as it turns out John Q., a cheesy Denzel Washington vehicle about a man who remedies a surprise medical bill with a gun, didn’t particularly impress reviewers or healthcare officials when it was released 2002. Hospital administrators called it a “one-sided

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Apr 5
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Kandy Muse, Though?

Dwindling down to the final four, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 stopped hinting at the idea that all of Drag Race is a stage with the queens merely players, reduced to efficient caricatures in service of the overarching story arc, and flat out stated it. In the main challenge, a film parody called Henny, I Shrunk the

Apr 5
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The Tragic Humanity of Kong

The philosopher Frank Ocean once asked a series of pertinent questions in the hit song, “No Church In the Wild.” It begins, as all philosophical endeavors do with an observation: “human beings in a mob.” Profound. He then leads us through the logical process, rhetorically wondering, “What’s a mob to a king/what’s a

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Apr 3
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New Reminder of Your Inevitable Mortality Just Dropped

Only ‘90s kids will feel the hot, humid breath of Death on the back of their necks while reading the following few sentences: Warner Bros. just released the first trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacythe sequel to Space Jam, which came out about 25 years ago. The new film stars LeBron James instead of Michael Jordan,

Apr 2
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Rewatching <i>Heathers</i>, the Violent Dark Comedy That Made '80s Teen Films Seem Like Reindeer Games

This week marks the 32nd anniversary of the release of the cult classic film Heathers, an inauspicious milestone that nonetheless reminds me that I am becoming old. Released in 1989 at the cusp of Winona Ryder’s meteoric rise, Heathers used extremely of-its-time dark humor to spoof suburban white high school culture,

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