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  • The opening of Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw, shot in gritty, grayed-out tones, is a grim harbinger: A fighter getting ready for the ring holds up his meaty paws for the ritualistic wrapping of gauze and tape. His gloves are slipped over the...

  • 13 days ago | Film and TV

    The opening of Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw, shot in gritty, grayed-out tones, is a grim harbinger: A fighter getting ready for the ring holds up his meaty paws for the ritualistic wrapping of gauze and tape. His gloves are slipped over the wrappings,...

  • 14 days ago | Film and TV

    There's probably only one humanist film that opens with the words, "Merry Christmas Eve, bitch!" accompanied by the proffering of a single, sprinkle-dusted doughnut. In Sean Baker's Tangerine, best friends, transgender women, and prostitutes Sin-D...

  • Amy Schumer can be lacerating. She's also sometimes more likely to leave your jaw hanging open than to make you laugh, which is one of the downsides of comedy that's crafted to make a point: There's often something lecture-y about it, as if we're...

  • 21 days ago | Film and TV

    The problem with clamoring for more woman-led comedies is that actual comedy may be the thing that ends up being left by the wayside. Tina Fey, among others, has railed against the boneheaded dictum that women can't be funny. But in the current cl...

  • There's probably only one humanist film that opens with the words, "Merry Christmas Eve, bitch!" accompanied by the proffering of a single, sprinkle-dusted doughnut. In Sean Baker's Tangerine, best friends, transgender women, and...

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