Adam Driver and Matt Damon in ‘The Last Duel’
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Director Ridley Scott and screenwriters Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener mine the past to tell a story about the present in the new historical drama The Last Duel, a $100 million dollar spectacle about women trapped in a world of men.

The epic is based on the actual…

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David Zucker, one of the co-directors of the classic 1980 disaster movie sendup Airplane!, recently wrote in a viral essay that the republic is in a “comedy emergency.” No, seriously. He did.

The title of Zucker’s polemic, before being republished with a clicker headline by the excitable right-wingers at The…

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I first heard the song ‘Heroin’ 22 years after it was first released. This hypnotic, voluptuous ballad to drugs and blood was performed by The Velvet Underground and it made death sound sexy. The song was shocking in 1967 and 1989. It’s still surprisingly lurid and rude.

The influential music…

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I don’t want to spoil Netflix’s seven-part supernatural drama Midnight Mass but be warned: the show starts slowly.

The first two episodes are rich with character details and explore a small, economically devastated New England island fishing town in what can only be described as Stephen King Country. …

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In the 1997 science-fiction drama Contact directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on iconic scientist Carl Sagan’s novel, Jodie Foster’s Dr. …

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There should be a 24/7, 1–800 number you can call with questions about David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, a movie I saw twenty years ago in the theater and have watched countless times since then. Ideally, after a few rings, a woman picks up and whispers “silencio” before gently hanging up.

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I prefer romantic tragedies to romantic comedies. I gravitate towards sad songs and paintings that celebrate melancholy. If I was randomly asked to recite the most important words in any traditional wedding vow I’d answer “till death do you part.” …

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In an upcoming issue of DC Comics Superman: Son of Kal El, Jon Kent, the son of Lois Lane and Clark Kent, follows in his father’s footsteps as the new Superman. But in a twist that reflects the reality of, literally, millions of people, Jon Kent is also bisexual and…

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I can’t think of many good movies based on video games but there are plenty about virtual worlds that are great, like Wreck-it-Ralph or even The Matrix. Add Free Guy, which is pretty okay.

In Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds plays a non-player character, a grinning, optimistic digital nobody who lurks…

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There is a scene in the latest James Bond movie No Time To Die that is good, old-fashioned 007 fun.

On the hunt for a deadly bioweapon in Cuba, retired secret agent James Bond joins forces with a CIA agent named Paloma, a beautiful, enthusiastic rookie who turns out to…

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