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The Martian Review — Stargazing

The most remarkable thing about The Martian isn’t that it’s an original and entirely compelling film about human will but that it simply exists. Barely a decade or two ago, the idea of a movie that is smart and funny in this celestial way would have put off most of the moviegoing nation. And that […]

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Destiny Manifested

Watching destiny play out is a terribly boring thing. It’s different from the inevitable or from the inexorable, though, based simply on the sheer scale or meaning of events. Inevitable is watching a college physics professor ace a high school algebra exam. Destiny is the professor designing a ship that saves humanity from extinction. Strangely, […]

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Black Mass Review — Ritualistic Making

Despite its true and wholly gripping roots, it’s disappointing that Black Mass never goes beyond being pretty good into being pretty great. So much of what goes into the film is fantastic (or at least has the potential to be fantastic), but then so much of it only stands up as what feels like a […]

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Forensically Yours

It was Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the study! Whether through board-oriented channels like Clue, reading about simple and complex answers aboard the Orient Express, or staring down suspects in Zodiac, you are familiar with reaching these revelatory and seemingly inevitable conclusions. As you tell your computer to zoom and enhance on a piece […]

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