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Book Review: Amy Gentry’s Last Woman Standing Is an Intense Nail-Biter About Female Rage Coming Home to Roost

I hesitate to classify any art as specifically of the #MeToo era (art driven by women’s rage dates back at least several centuries), but it’s safe to say Amy Gentry’s novel Last Woman Standing is one of the first great books of the post-Harvey Weinstein era.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s New Season Feels Right at Home on NBC

Last night, Brooklyn Nine-Nine returned for the first time following its cancellation by Fox and subsequent rescue by NBC. If you were wondering whether it would still be the same Brooklyn Nine-Nine we knew and loved, last night's season premiere proved that the answer is a definite yes.

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Review: If Beale Street Could Talk Makes Love Seem Powerful Again

5 out of 5 yellow cloaks.

If Beale Street Could Talk is important, topical, beautiful, and most importantly, a magnificent piece of art.

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Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee! Bring Overdue Change to Pokémon, If Imperfectly

7 out of 10.

Not every change made for Let's Go is perfect or even necessarily a step in the right direction, but for a series that has changed as little over time as Pokémon, I'm happy to see it shake things up at all. On top of that, a remake of a game that was already purposefully drawing inspiration from a kid-friendly show is a great place to try some new things in a fun, low-difficulty package.

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Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is Full of Satanic Fun but Needs a Stronger Arc

Bringing the Satanic panic to Greendale.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has a great cast and mythology, but the episodic format hinders its forward moment as a narrative. There is cannibalism though!

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Review: “The Bacchae” at BAM Shines With a Female Dionysus for the Trump Era

In a new production of "The Bacchae," Euripides' ancient tragedy feels applicable to our current socio-political situation.

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Review: DC Universe’s Titans: All Dark. No Knights.

The Titans trailer got the internet’s attention for sure, but it also gave a very good idea of the sort of show Titans wants to be: dark, adult, shocking, and in no way beholden to the Batmans of the past. Having now seen three episodes, I can say Titans is all those things … but that’s not necessarily a compliment.

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A Star Is Born Review: A Five-Star Review Is Born

5/5 stars.

When you go into seeing A Star Is Born, one thing is always clear: You're in for great music and a broken heart.

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Review: Strangers in Paradise XXV Is a Great Jumping-On Point

First published in 1993, Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise is an acclaimed slice-of-life romance centered on Katchoo (Katina Choovanski) and Francine. Known for its well-written woman characters and LGBTQ representation, Strangers in Paradise was on my radar in a “to-read … eventually” sort of way. I had read and enjoyed Moore’s more recent series, Motor Girl, but was a little daunted by catching up with his longer-running series.

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Review: Shanghai Red #1 Is a Beautiful, Riveting Story of Revenge

First of all, as a Scorpio-Slytherin, let me just say that I am here for a revenge story—the more exacting and drawn-out, the better. As a former art historian, I also can’t resist beautiful visuals for a book inspired by real-life historical mysteries, all of which is to say that Shanghai Red, a new Image book by Christopher Sebela, Joshua Hixon, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, is a lot of my favorite things straight out of the gate.

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Superfly Review: Bland Update Fails to Deliver in Super Fail

1.5/5 dope coats.

There are times the new Superfly is so awful that it seems like a parody of a bad movie. Sadly, there is nothing in this movie that is supposed to be a joke, leading to a film that feels much longer than its 103-minute runtime.

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Review: Assassinistas #5 Tackles the Needless Limitations Our Society Puts on Moms

With the passing of Mother’s Day, I found myself thinking a lot about moms and comics. My mom got a “non-compliant” tattoo with me a few years ago, the iconic “NC” logo from the comic book Bitch Planet. My mom reads comics. She’s seen every comic book movie, but sometimes it’s frustrating how little she sees herself represented in comics. Maybe I need to send her Assassinistas, the Black Crown Quarterly book by Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez.

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Review: Terminal‘s Noir Take on Alice in Wonderland Tropes Won’t Be Everyone’s Cup of Tea

3.5 out of 5 stars

It's exciting when a film has a strong and unique vision, both visually and with regard to story. Terminal, written and directed by first-time feature director, Vaughn Stein, and starring Margot Robbie, is one such film. However, when a film is so idiosyncratic, stylized, and unique, the filmmaker is taking a chance that the audience will be into exactly those things, which isn't always the case.

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Review: Image Comics’ Miyazaki-Inspired ISOLA #1 Is Beautiful and Intriguing

The fantasy story, about a soldier escorting her queen (currently in the form of a turquoise-striped tiger) on a perilous journey to a mythic underworld island, has drawn comparisons to the work of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. This is not by happenstance. ISOLA’s thematic and aesthetic homages to films like Princess Mononoke, full of fantastical creatures and a foreboding sense of danger, are thoughtfully crafted aspects of its world-building and storytelling.

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Ready Player One Review: Well, It’s Not Terrible and That’s More Than We Expected

2.5 out of 5 Buckaroo Banzais.

Here’s the best thing I can say about Ready Player One: I didn’t hate it.

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Review: Syfy’s Krypton Is the Take on Superman/Supergirl Lore We Need Right Now

I'll admit it. I was skeptical. When I first heard that Syfy was making a Superman prequel series, my first thought was, "Why?" Now that I've had a chance to screen the pilot, I need to eat a whole bunch of crow. Not only is Krypton a good show, but it's a take on Superman/Supergirl that we need right now.

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Jessica Jones Season 2 Review: Characters You Care About, and a Shadow Corporation You Don’t

Based on the first five episodes, the second season of Jessica Jones has a real villain problem. But for these characters, the worst enemy has never been an outside adversary; it's always been what's inside of them. And when it comes to portraying and exploring that emotional turmoil, Jessica Jones is still bringing its A game.

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Review: Annihilation May Make Sci-Fi Fans Think, but It Won’t Make Them Feel

3 out of 5 stars.

Annihilation is one of those films with a concept that seems like it's right up my alley, so I've been excited about it since it was announced. Female-led sci-fi? Check. Mysterious entity the women have to figure out? Check. I went in prepared to love it. I merely liked it, and somehow that feels worse than if it were bad.

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Black Lightning Finally Gives Anissa Her Costume in “And Then The Devil Brought The Plague: The Book Of Green Light”

While I can understand why this episode could be seen as boring or too info-dumpy for some, it gave me some much-needed development for Tobias as both a villain, but also a human being. Plus it had Anissa in that costume which in this week of celebrating black excellence, was a welcome addition.

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Review: Broken Beautiful Hearts YA for the #MeToo Movement

4.5 out of 5.

Part of the ongoing discussion about the #MeToo movement is what stories fit into it. Sexual harassment, rape, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, we agreed to, but what about domestic abusive, IPV and the micro-aggressive behaviors women deal with as well? How do we teach young people how to deal with the conflicts they will face?

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