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‘Moonlight’ is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

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Moonlight is what shines on us during dark times. It illuminates the darkness. Moonlight is a film that is not afraid to show the darkness and the struggle to find a little bit of light. The film tells the story of Chiron through three vignettes of his identity and growth: young Little, teen Chiron, and…

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Why ‘Hidden Figures’ Is the Movie We Need Right Now

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Hidden Figures is a fantastic film telling an important story about three black women, a group of people whose contributions are shamefully ignored or preface or relegated to the sidelines in the story of men. Hidden Figures tells the story of three black women who are, first and foremost, STEM professionals in a field (mathematics), and at…

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On Newt Scamander, Toxic Masculinity, & The Power Of Hufflepuff Heroes

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Full disclosure: I have not yet seen the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and prior to reading this article, I did not have much interest in doing so. My interest, however, is now piqued. Having read all of the Harry Potter series, and seen all the films, I cannot help but be…

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Resistance, Caring, & “Mask”ulinity: The Feminist Message of the Dudes in The Force Awakens

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The Force Awakens, in addition to giving us a well-rounded female lead,* is chock-full of men who display vulnerabilities, empathy, and kindness, and one man who is struggling with living up to the ideals and expectations of toxic masculinity (referred to in the Star Wars universe as: The Dark Side). This article explores the ways…

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“Mad Max” Is A Feminist Playbook For Surviving Dystopia

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SPOILER ALERT: Maybe the finest, most feminist, moment in Mad Max: Fury Road comes when Max, with only three bullets in his rifle, misses the mark twice; rather than taking a third and final shot, full of masculine hubris, hands the rifle over to Furiosa, who not only hits the mark on the first try,…

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