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Netflix Gems: Master of None is The Kind of Pop Culture We Desperately Need

Once known primarily for his role as the luxury-loving Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, Aziz Ansari has spent the larger part of 2015 positioning himself as an astute observer of our culture. His book Modern Romance was a bestseller, and now he’s at the helm of one of the breakout shows of the year.

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Youth is a Breathtaking Dive into the Meaning of Legacy

It seems necessary to point out from the very beginning that nothing really happens in Paolo Sorrentino’s new film, Youth. But the film is nonetheless one of the most powerful, enjoyable, and moving films of the year. From the opening shot the viewer is transported to a visually striking microcosm of time and space. Centered

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A Nuanced Look at the Meaning of Home at the Heart of Brooklyn

Brooklyn, based on Colm Tóibín’s book of the same name, is many things. The story of a young immigrant making her way in America. A complicated love story that eschews easy answers. A look at the bonds between two sisters an ocean apart. Each facet Eilis Lacey’s tale is fascinating, beautiful, and nuanced. But the

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Suffragettes: The Story of a Working Class Woman’s Gradual Political Awakening

History has a way of defanging heroes. Time and distance can smooth out the rough edges, take away the radicalism that defined them in relation to their time, and eventually they become little more than black and white pictures in history books. It took less than a century for that to happen to the Suffrage

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Netflix Gems: The Awakening: A Chilling Look at How the Past Haunts Us

As the nights get longer and the winds pick up, few things are as gratifying as a truly good scary movie. But with the reliance on gore and shock in mainstream horror, it’s not always easy to find one that walks the line between viscerally scary and thoughtful. That’s a line walked carefully and brilliantly

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Netflix Gems: Narcos: What About the Ladies?

Netflix long ago established itself as the go-to source for movie streaming. But the site is growing into a media powerhouse in its own right with sensational original programming that routinely rates highly among both critics and viewers. Titles that are now ubiquitous, like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, defined the

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Interview with Samir Mehta, Staff Writer on Narcos

Narcos, which is airing its first season on Netflix now, is a chaotic look at the narcotraffickers in Colombia, as the Colombian and American governments struggle to fight the influx of drugs and violence. It also takes a critical view of America’s role in Colombia, and forces us to examine the paradoxical idea of punishing

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Netflix Gems: Rita, Not Your Average Teacher

Netflix may be everyone’s favorite way to catch a flick at home, but it can be easy to lose obscure titles in the mass of films and shows available. To help you get the most out of your Netflix experience — and maybe find a new favorite — we’ll be bringing your attention to some

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Netflix Gems: Murder in a Small Town Reveals the Nature of Secrecy and Community in Broadchurch

Netflix may be everyone’s favorite way to catch a flick at home, but it can be easy to lose obscure titles in the mass of films and shows available. To help you get the most out of your Netflix experience — and maybe find a new favorite — we’ll be bringing your attention to some

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