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'Cherry,' a failed American epic despite sincere performances

In Part One of the film “Cherry,” adapted from Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical 2018 novel of the same title, Tom Holland plays the titular character in a college setting. Sporting choppy bangs and a pair of glasses, Holland stares at Emily (Ciara Bravo), his stunning girlfriend-to-be, during ...


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The cultural phenomenon that is Sally Rooney

“Things matter to me more than they do to normal people,” says Frances, the protagonist of “Conversations with Friends.” Marianne, the protagonist of “Normal People,” frets in a similar pattern: “I don't know what's wrong with me,” “I don't know why I can't be like normal people.” Characters ...


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“The Bachelor”: the politics of desire

Matt James, the first Black man to lead the dating show “The Bachelor,” started the 25th season with a record number of contestant applications and love from the dedicated #BachelorNation. The fantasy was cut short, however, when pictures of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell at an “antebellum-themed ...


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“Nomadland,” a poignant portrait of grief and healing

Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland'' is a simultaneously intimate and effusive meditation on the stratum of unsettled Americans. These nomads are often flippantly deemed the outcome of some sort of failure, be it economic dissolution or domestic upheaval. Zhao’s film challenges this ...


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‘I Care A Lot’ and the sociopathy of corporate America

Why do we love to watch sociopaths? The ordinary couch potato would likely run for the hills if they were to knowingly pass by one on the street, and yet we can’t seem to look away from them on-screen. “I Care A Lot,” directed by J Blakeson, suspects our corporatized culture may have something ...


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