Why, 25 Years Later, ‘Clueless’ (1995) Remains Our Smartest Jane Austen Adaptation

When Jane Austen began work on her 1815 novel, Emma, she predicted that her heroine would be one “whom no one but myself will much like.” It’s true that Emma Woodhouse, being “handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and a happy disposition,” moving through her provincial life “with very little to distress or…

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‘The Half Of It’ (2020): How to Craft Coming-of-Age for LGBTQ+ Youth

For audiences to see themselves beyond every awkward misstep of their own teenage years, and instead be swept into an idealized adolescence is more than refreshing; it is needed.

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REVIEW: ‘Psych 2: Lassie Come Home’ (2020) Has Matured, But Not Too Much

Long-time fans will thoroughly enjoy Lassie’s triumphant return and feel like they, too, are coming home.

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REVIEW: ‘Stationary’ (2020) is a Unique Take on a Commonly Told Story

Set mostly within the claustrophobic confines of a parked car, writer-director Louis Chan presents the story of a pair of reunited friends.

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Top of the Docs #28 – Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2002)

Rather than poring over details or embedding the audience, Frederick Wiseman’s films provide damning evidence of brutal acts of violence perpetrated against the most vulnerable in society.

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REVIEW: ‘Dogs Don’t Wear Pants’ (2019) is a Twisted Tale Suspended in Time

Finnish director J.-P. Valkeapää’s deadly fairytale offers a gripping take on the subject by weaving pain and desire together in a neon-lit time capsule.

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‘Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives’ (2010): Flipping the Script for Trans Women in Horror

Perfectly imperfect and wonderfully cheesy, Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives actively pushes back on the rarely questioned trope of trans women as murderers in a wildly entertaining way. The campy classic highlights the issues with the treatment of trans women on and off the silver screen while making trans women the vigilante heroes of the story in a fight against transphobic attackers.

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A Love Letter to the Superhero Genre: ‘Sky High’ (2005) 15 Years Later

Especially in times of stress, there’s comfort in the familiar—and in the current world of movies, there’s nothing more familiar than superheroes. Fifteen years later, although Sky High (2005) is unmistakably of a different era, the movie wears its age very well.

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REVIEW: Oversaturated Writing is the Weakest Aspect of ‘The Kissing Booth 2’ (2020)

The Kissing Booth 2 is a prime example of a time where the streaming giant should have left a lot more on the cutting room floor.

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