BB-8 is an “astromech droid” who first appeared in The Force Awakens.
Star Wars' robots are much-loved characters, who can shed light on the future of automation. In the films, they exist mostly to assist rather than replace humans - and like us, they are prone to errors.
Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street.
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Oliver Stone's 1987 film Wall Street turns 30 this month. Its infamous character's mantra, "greed is good", seems oddly prescient with greater inequality and an even more rampant culture of greed.
Actress Viola Davis focused her speech at
the 2015 Emmy Awards on diversity, saying ‘The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.’
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An analysis of more than 800 top-grossing films suggests diverse movies struggle in front of international audiences.
“The Shape of Water” film is a beautiful allegory about accepting differences.
The Shape of Water is an entertaining movie, but it also has a timely, allegorical message about the challenges we may face with new scientific discoveries, and our willingness to accept difference.
More than just a romance, Casablanca was an overt call to arms for the US public.
The Justice League should be a sum of its parts but the question remains: Who is the protagonist? From left: Cyborg, Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman.
The reviews are coming in pretty harsh for Justice League. If Superman is awesome and Batman is awesome and Wonder Woman is awesome, shouldn’t the three of them together be thrice as awesome?
Sportswomen still struggle for attention and too many girls are discouraged from taking sport seriously.
Jodie Foster in Contact.
It is the 20th aniversary of Carl Sagan's sci-fi film, Contact - and a great time to celebrate its legacy and revisit its main premise of Science vs. Religion.
Jason Isaacs as Georgy Zhukov in The Death of Stalin.
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Armando Iannucci plays fast and loose with history in his farce The Death of Stalin. But its depiction of the cult of personality that can develop around political leaders is bitingly relevant.
If theatre, film and TV is to accurately reflect the world we live in, then the actors cast must reflect that diversity too.
A worker cleans a statue of Vladimir Lenin in St. Petersburg. But how much Russian history gets whitewashed today?
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Because the Kremlin hopes to project strength and unity, history isn't used as much to inform as it is to inspire, with events cherry-picked to fit within a fuzzy framework of 'Russian greatness.'
Self-expression from the streets.
There's a reason why horror films are becoming more and more absurd.
Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” is a scary representation of Puritan life in the 17th century.
(The Witch, A24 Films, 2016)
Robert Eggers’ indie film The Witch brilliantly chronicles Puritan life in the 1630s. Horror soon ensues as children disappear into the woods and one girl, Thomasina, is accused of witchcraft.
A polio patient in an iron lung, 1940.
Vaccination is not to be taken for granted.
Gone and forgotten: Barb.
No happy endings in this dark fantasy about lost children.
Harvey Weinstein: the allegations against him cast a spotlight on the stories we prize in literature and film.
Woody Allen said it was “sad”. Quentin Tarantino said he needed to nurse his own “pain” and “emotions” about the revelations. Oliver Stone took it further – it was not just that he gave the nod to Woody…
Kathryn Bigelow: leading lady in film directing.
Women change working cultures – and as the Harvey Weinstein allegations show, Hollywood is badly in need of it.
While the original Blade Runner provides some insight into artificial life, and the book explores power and human relationships, Blade Runner 2049 has none of that.
Blade Runner 2049 represents a failure of the imagination. The film is a series of events strung together and steeped in narcissism, excessive self-absorption, isolation and regressive politics.
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Audience research suggests Star Wars has still 'got it'.