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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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    Attention Red Wedding Crashers: Get a Grip, Sit Back, and Enjoy a Best-in-Genre Moment

    Don't hate George R.R. Martin for taking from you what you love, “Game of Thrones” viewers, thank him. Don't hate "Game of Thrones" for bending the conventions of fantasy to make you feel something real in real-time, be grateful for it.

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    The Dangers of An Empty Suit: Marvel Comics’ War on War Continues

    The Iron Man films have always been conspicuously anti-war—Stark removes his privately-funded R&D enterprise from U.S. Defense Department involvement in the first entry in the now-trilogy—but "Iron Man 3" is a uniquely instructive exemplar of Marvel’s war on war by way of Hollywood.

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