Best Movies of 2018 (so far… 2.0)

At Eternity's Gate; Beautiful Boy; Bohemian Rhapsody; Boy Erased; Burning; Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Cold War; Destroyer; Foxtrot; Free Solo; Green Book; The Hate U Give; The Guardians; Lizzie; Love After Love; Love, Simon; Mary, Queen of Scots; Minding the Gap; On The Basis of Sex; Peterloo; Shoplifters; Sweet Country; They Shall Not Grow Old; Vox Lux; Wildlife; …

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Ranking The Coen Brothers’ Movies

Charting the Coen brothers movies is to see how the landscape of movies has evolved and changed over the years. Starting with Blood Simple in 1984, they began as cult directors who spearheaded (along with other directors) the emergence of the indie-film movement of the late 80s and early 90s before evolving into solid mid-budget performers …

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Best Movies About the Stage Life

Anybody who has ever been in a school play, community theatre production, church pageant, or other amateur stage production knows the special and sometimes weird community that develops behind-the-scenes. The hyper-specific production-related inside jokes, the heavy amount of hours spent together, and the collective wanting to get the production over the line usually end up …

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Best “Nice” Movies

Niceness is not something that is generally held up as an upper-tier virtue in society. Instead we just got through another nasty election season consisting of battle-lines drawn, weapons hurled, and an election night that resulted in a "choose-your-own-story" victory narrative in which the only real consensus reached was that we are an increasingly divided …

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Best Hard Science Fiction Movies

"Hard science fiction" distinguishes itself from its "soft science fiction" counterpart in a simlar way that the "hard" sciences and "soft" sciences differ. Where soft science fiction takes scientific and futuristic concepts but bends it to its own narrative purposes (Star Wars being the most famous example of "soft science fiction") hard science fiction instead bends …

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