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Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD Recreates the Experience of Reading

If I say that watching Richard Linklater’s remarkable new film "Boyhood," which traces the life of a boy named Mason from age 6 to 18 in rapidly changing segments, is like reading a book, I need to clarify.
  • By Max Winter
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  • July 14, 2014 5:40 AM
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Apes vs. Zombies: New Skin for the Old Apocalypse in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Matt Reeves’ "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" echoes George Romero’s "Dawn of the Dead" in more than just its title.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • July 14, 2014 4:28 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Coen Brothers: Men of Constant Sorrow

Woe be to you if you should be so unlucky as to be a male character in a Coen Brothers film.
  • By Leigh Singer and Max Winter
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  • July 11, 2014 4:07 PM
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The Value of Incoherency: Taking Michael Bay’s Transformers Films Seriously

Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are incoherent. That is not a controversial claim; I doubt many would argue otherwise. Yet two questions remain: How do they achieve their incoherency? And is that incoherency of any value?
  • By A.D. Jameson
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  • July 11, 2014 1:04 PM
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"Training, practice, letting go": An interview with Paul Eenhorn of LAND HO!

"Whenever I talk to people in L.A., they’re all looking for a dream and have given up on it because life takes you in other directions. It’s not a good game trying to fit into this society. You’ve got to find your own space."
  • By Steven Erickson
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  • July 10, 2014 12:54 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Paul Mazursky 1930–2014

"[Middle-class life is] on the edge of soap opera and the edge of real; it’s alienated and confused, almost tragic."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • July 8, 2014 5:03 AM
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Compassionate Release: The Agony and the Empathy in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Now that Season One of the Netflix Original series "Orange Is the New Black" is safely stitched into our pop culture quilt, the show has shed its initial hesitation and has its crazy eyes on its viewers just as much as they have theirs on it.
  • By Amy Woolard
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  • July 8, 2014 4:35 AM
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The Sobering, Beautiful Lessons of LIFE ITSELF

I almost didn’t write this review. This was not because I didn’t appreciate the film at hand, but because a question was nagging at me: What can I bring to this piece that will both serve the work and be memorable for its readers, personal in some sense?
  • By Max Winter
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  • July 4, 2014 5:31 AM
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CONCERNING VIOLENCE: An Interview with Goran Hugo Olsson

“You can keep saying that you want a really cheap phone, or that you want to buy your fruit for almost no money, but to then act surprised when Boko Haram is wreaking havoc is just… There are so many people who have shown that this is the result of the current world order.”
  • By Kira Josefsson
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  • July 3, 2014 1:34 PM
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OUR SCARY SUMMER: OVER THE EDGE, PHANTASM, and Other Teen Nightmares

The seventies was a scary time for anyone—nuclear disasters, political revolutions, oil conflicts—but it seemed a particularly disturbing one for kids.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • July 3, 2014 3:31 AM
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