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Review: Kubo and the Two Strings Bleeds Heart, Despite Whitewashing

4 out of 5 stars.

Kubo and the Two Strings is a visually stunning film, but would have benefited from greater diversity in its casting choices.

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Why BoJack Horseman Is TV’s Most Successful Antihero

We hope the rest of the industry's taking notes.

What sets Bojack apart more than anything else is its treatment of its lead character, and how the world refuses to ever let him off the hook for all the terrible things he’s done.

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Nine LGBTQIA Films with Happy Endings


An easy guide to LGBTQIA films that won’t leave you feeling emotionally hollow by the end.

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Review: Money Monster Is Fun and Entertaining, but a Mess

Jodie Foster's Money Monster can't seem to figure out just what kind of movie it wants to be.

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Samurai Champloo Newbie Review Part One—Episodes 1–14

Where I am hooked on another anime series ... well, kind of.

Samurai Champloo hasn't captured my interest as quickly as Cowboy Bebop but with that score it's easy to forgive.

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Why Kevin Conroy Is the BEST Batman

Or why I think he is.

Because my opinions on DC anything can't be stopped, this is why Kevin Conroy's version of Batman is the one I consider to be the best up until this point.

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Batman v Superman and the Ridiculous Nature of the ‘Damsel in Distress’

Let me count the ways that Batman v Superman annoyed me ... do we have that kind of time?

We all have to be thoroughly sick and tired of the damsel in distress trope by now right?

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Sadness, Showtunes, and Why You Should be Watching

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend makes me feel a lot of things.

Here's only some of the reasons why The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will be your next binge watch.

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Review: The Good and Bad of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Sherlock goes back in time! But not really.

The holiday special of BBC's Sherlock is a mix of what makes people love and hate the show.

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Cowboy Bebop Newbie Recap: “The Real Folk Blues Parts 1 & 2”

I can't believe it's over!

Cowboy Bebop comes to an end with a finale that's just as satisfying as fans could have hoped for.

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Cowboy Bebop Newbie Recap: “Hard Luck Woman”

"Belonging is the very best thing there is."

"Hard Luck Woman" is as good as you all promised. Faye and Ed getting an episode where they got a chance to once again shine was a fitting way to begin the last three episodes of the series.

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Cowboy Bebop Newbie Recap: “Brain Scratch”

"God didn't create humans ... No! It's humans who created god."

With only a few episodes to go, Cowboy Bebop continues to impress in it's standalone episodes where the villains are more than they appear.

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Cowboy Bebop Newbie Recap: “Cowboy Funk”

Spike meets his doppelganger and hates him instantly.

The real cowboy version of Spike rides into town and Spike isn't too pleased.

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Why Please Like Me Is Your Next Show to Binge Watch

There's really no reason you shouldn't be watching.

Having recently ended its third season, the Australian import is on a hot streak of producing my favorite seasons of television two years in a row. Finding the perfect balancing act of being biting, sweet, and hilariously funny, the show has an effortless charm, appealing to the masses by putting normalcy, (real normalcy, not sanitized normalcy) on-screen.

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Cowboy Bebop Newbie Recap: “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui”

You were all so right.

Jet get's another side plot, this time with an old friends daughter in the lackluster "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui".

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Cowboy Bebop Newbie Recap: “Pierrot Le Fou”

Things are getting a little odd.

Spike is brought to a theme park of horrors as he's hunted down by a mysterious assassin in the series best episode so far.

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Cowboy Bebop Newbie Recap: “Wild Horses”

Space pirates attack!

Spike must help Jet and Faye exact their revenge on a group of space pirates who wreck their ship.

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Review: Victor Frankenstein Is a Monster Made From Too Many Different Parts

2 out of 5 stars.

I’m going to start this off as a huge, mind-numbing devil’s advocate, as well as offer up a suggestion to any potential viewers of the steam-punk version of Mary Shelley’s tale in the newest adaptation, Victor Frankenstein.I will not go out my way to say that this is, in any way, a good film. It is not.

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The Night Before Review: Plenty of Laughs but Not Enough Heart

3 / 5 Stars

The Night Before works wonderfully as a comedy, and its more melancholy moments are also sometimes successful, but the movie has a tough time bridging the two.

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Cowboy Bebop Newbie Recap: “Speak Like a Child”

Fun shenanigans lead to surprise emotions!

We’re spoiled fans because in “Speak Like a Child”-an episode that makes me wish more of the series overall resembled it-we get more of Faye’s backstory, even if it all remains largely mysterious. This is, I think, what I initially expected the series to be like when I first began it.

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