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Netflix’s ‘Thunder Force’ is a super-powered slog

Stay updated with the latest in Tech, Science, Culture, Entertainment, and more by following our Telegram channel here. Thunder Force has Jason Bateman in the supporting role of a small-time baddie whose superpower is that he has crab pincers for hands. It's a funny gag, and Bateman makes the most of it by not seeming to make much of it at all. His blasΓ© attitude both grounds the film's reality […]

today9 April 2021

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The language of ‘Minari’ feels to me like coming home

At some point in my first viewing of Minari, it dawned on me: I hadn’t needed the subtitles. Not really, anyway. There had been moments here and there when they’d come in handy β€” I don’t think I could have told you the English term for β€œchicken sexing,” let alone the Korean one β€” but for the most part, I’d been able to understand the characters intuitively and automatically, no […]

today26 February 2021

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Charisma Carpenter accuses Joss Whedon of ‘toxic’ behavior on ‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel’

Charisma Carpenter has come forward with details of the "hostile and toxic" work environment created on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel sets by series creator Joss Whedon. The actor, who started out playing Cordelia Chase on Buffy in 1997 and then continued playing the character on the spinoff Angel from 1999 through 2004, posted her statement to Twitter Wednesday. "Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while […]

today11 February 2021

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HBO Max’s ‘The Little Things’ is a tepid ’90s throwback

The Little Things is brand-new on HBO Max this month, but you'd be forgiven for thinking you half-remember it from flipping channels back in the '90s. Not only is it set in that era, it feels like it was made then β€” and in fact the script, by writer-director John Lee Hancock, dates back to that decade. The film's throwback qualities are prominent, and not always for the better. It […]

today28 January 2021

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Netflix’s ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ can’t resist a glossy Hollywood ending

For a film about one of the most infamous trials in American history, centered around one of the most notorious police riots in American history, Netflix's The Trial of the Chicago 7 goes down easy. Largely, that's to its credit. The opening moments of Chicago 7 have the giddy energy of a heist flick, laying out in seven very efficient minutes the spirit of the times and introducing all eight […]

today16 October 2020