27 Dec

‘The Mandalorian’ Offers Some “Redemption” in an Incredible Season Finale

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Naturally, there are spoilers here. Thinks looked grim for The Mandalorian, his crew, and the asset at the end of last week’s episode. They were lured into a trap and threatened by Moff Gideon, who turns out to be a former ISB officer who oversaw the purge of Mandalore that has been so often talked […]

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27 Dec

‘Steven Universe Future’: Growing Up Is No Picnic in “Snow Day” and “Why So Blue”

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Growing up for Steven Universe (Zach Callison) is no picnic. What happens in “Snow Day” is minuscule but momentous, yet another idyllic day-in-the-life without punching antagonists. 16-year-old Steven is so frazzled and focused on the Little Homeworld school that his childlike spirit has been siphoned away. He is no longer partaking in the child relics […]

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27 Dec

A New ‘Love Actually’ Parody Musical Skewers the Classic Rom-Com Through Song

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For me, Richard Curtis’ 2003 film Love Actually is half “guilty pleasure with twinkles and earned fuzzies” and half “cluttered product-of-its-time with stand-out problematics.” 16 years after its theatrical premiere, Love Actually represents cheesy holiday cheer for some and eye-rolling for those who don’t find romantic comedy their thing. It weaves a loosely threaded web of […]

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27 Dec

‘Star Wars Resistance’ Delivers a Massive Cliffhanger in Penultimate Episode “The Missing Agent”

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If you found the recent The Mandalorian “The Reckoning” cliffhanger anxiety-inducing, now you’re faced with a Star Wars Resistance cliffhanger in the latest “The Missing Agent.” The episode opens on an unknown planet with a humanoid alien fellow, Norath Kev (Daveed Diggs), and his rollie droid running fast in the night from an ominous force. […]

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27 Dec

The 20 Best Performances in Paul Thomas Anderson Movies

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Over nearly 25 years, Paul Thomas Anderson has established himself as one of the great artists of modern American cinema. His earlier works were defined by the style of filmmakers who inspired him, from Martin Scorsese to Robert Altman. As he’s grown, though, it’s become clear that Anderson is also an incredibly skilled director of […]

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27 Dec

‘Cats’ is No Longer The Jellicle Choice for Universal’s Oscar Contenders

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Cats is no longer Universal’s Jellicle choice for its Oscar contenders. The studio has removed Tom Hooper‘s feature film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical from its FYC page — the page listing Universal’s Oscar-qualifying movies. This effectively removes (or declaws) Cats chances for the major Academy Awards categories that the musical cat-tastrophe was aiming for, including […]

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27 Dec

Tracking the Downward Spiral of Tim Allen’s Movie Career

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Tim Allen recently made the news, arguably not for the best reasons. Allen, one of a number of 90s-era comedy stars with conservative leanings, was on ABC’s talk show The View ostensibly to talk about the upcoming season of his sitcom Last Man Standing. But he quickly veered into complaining that he can’t say certain things…things […]

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27 Dec

15 Years Ago, ‘The Aviator’ Transformed Leonardo DiCaprio’s Career – and Forever Changed Our Perception of Him as an Actor

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If we are indeed at the tail end of the era of movie stars, it’s worth considering the career of one of the medium’s brightest lights. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of a few actors who can still open a movie at the box office simply by being its star, and one of a similar few […]

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27 Dec

Is ‘Inside Man: Most Wanted’ a Worthy Successor to Spike Lee’s Most Successful Film?

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(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. This week, we go bank robbing with Nazis in a sequel to the biggest Spike Lee joint of them all.) Spike Lee’s film career is filled with highs and lows, films that won critical acclaim and awards and […]

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27 Dec

The Best Anime of the Decade

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(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.) The 2010s have seen an interesting change in the world of anime. Anime was once a very niche community with just a couple of shows becoming widely available every few years. But by 2019, anime has become as close to mainstream in the west […]

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