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Marisa Carpico

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By day, Marisa Carpico stresses over America’s election system. By night, she becomes a pop culture obsessive. Whether it’s movies, TV or music, she watches and listens to it all so you don’t have to.

Quest: One Family’s Journey through the Obama Years

If Richard Linklater's Boyhood were a cinema verité documentary about a black family in Northern Philadelphia, it would be called Quest. Filmed over a...
Justin Timberlake in Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel: Woody Allen’s Best Film in Years

As one Hollywood sexual predator after another is exposed, you have to wonder if Woody Allen's career is approaching its end. After all, his...

Batman Annual #2: A Must-Read for Bat/Cat Fans

I have frequently criticized writer Tom King's run on Batman. Sometimes his storytelling is a thrilling twist on the form and sometimes it's incoherent....
The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas: Just Rewatch ‘A Christmas Carol’ Instead

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is one of the best Christmas stories ever told. There have been so many adaptations–from muppets to the 1951, Scrooge,...
Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside of Ebbings, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Offers a Dark, Subversive Worldview

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is as black a comedy as they come. Set exactly where its title indicates, it tells the story of...
The Square

The Square: Performance Art at the Movies

Not everyone wants to be challenged at the movies. Just look at the "F" Cinemascore for Darren Aronoffsky's mother! earlier this year. As much...

Arrow Season 6 Premiere, “Fallout” – A Promising, if Uneven, Start

Greetings, Arrow fans. I know what you're thinking. She's back! Well, sorry to disappoint, but that's not actually true. While I toyed with the...

The Departure: A Quiet Examination of Suicide and Choosing to Live

Early in The Departure, the new documentary from director Lana Wilson, we see the ritual that gives the film its title. The film's subject,...

Human Flow: A Sobering, Comprehensive Look at the Global Refugee Crisis

Early in Chinese director Ai Weiwei's new documentary on the world refugee crisis, Human Flow, Jordanian Princess Dana Firas says our humanity must guide...
Batman vs Two Face Poster

Batman vs. Two-Face: Holy Sequelitis, Batman!

While The Killing Joke was DC’s most talked-about animated film last year, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders was its best. Conceived as a...