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    A NEW PRESS PLAY COLUMN: Seth Abramson's "Metamericana"

    Greed, Martin Scorsese suggests in his new film "The Wolf of Wall Street," is now executed in U.S. financial markets on such a colossal and audacious scale that it no longer has the capacity to scandalize us.

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    Shia LaBeouf: Plagiarist or Genius?

    By now, most movie buffs have stumbled across the imbroglio involving Hollywood megastar Shia LaBeouf, whose short film "HowardCantour.com" was allegedly rife with plagiarism of cartoonist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes. Meanwhile, LaBeouf has flooded his Twitter account with apologies—all apparentl...

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dons the Jerk Gear for DON JON

    If "Don Jon" is successful in its satire of contemporary living, it is primarily in reminding us—as if any reminder were needed—just how invasive and insidious gender typecasting is in America.

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    You Got the Miley You Paid For, America

    If indeed Miley Cyrus has offended or done damage with her straight-from-the-playbook youth rebellion, I'm more insulted by those who are insulted than by the one purportedly doing the insulting.

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    Why AMC's HELL ON WHEELS Is a Hot Mess

    "Hell on Wheels," whose third season premiered just two weeks ago, is widely and justifiably regarded as the worst offering on AMC to date. The reason? Bad acting, bad scripts, a bad concept, and a long line of small- and big-screen Westerns that have done everything "Hell on Wheels" aims to do, but...

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    John Luther and the New Face of Evil

    Those with only a passing interest in the BBC detective drama "Luther," or who've watched the program only half-heartedly, will wrongly say that this is a show about a dirty cop. In fact, what it is is a program about a man trying to be heroic in all the wrong ways.

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    Is Reggie Watts the Most Important Artist of the Century So Far?

    Reggie Watts, a New York City-based musician, comedian, and slam poet whose routine is heavy on improvisation and stream-of-consciousness association, is just the sort of multidimensional artist you need to be watching if you want to know what experimentation in the literary and performance arts loo...

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    Are the Belchers of BOB'S BURGERS the New All-American Family?

    At the level of metaphor, and with an eye towards an entire nation rather than just one nuclear family, the Belchers are as representative an American family as we've seen on TV in a very, very long time.

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    An Open Letter to Richard Linklater: Let Jesse and Celine Separate. Preserve Cinéma Vérité.

    If you want to make a movie that reflects the times we live in, Mr. Linklater, make a movie in which no one is forced to spend a lifetime with someone they see as an obstacle or an albatross rather than a partner. One wonderful day in Vienna, and another wonderful day in Paris, do not a lifetime mak...

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    You Are What You Play With: How Sesame Street and Legos Generated a Generation

    For a man or woman of a certain age, it's hard to imagine a single commercial or non-profit venture having had more of an impact on one's psychological maturation than Legos or "Sesame Street." Yet even today's youth might say the same thing.

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