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Captain America (Chris Evans) takes on a political crisis – and some beautifully choreographed fight scenes – in Captain America: Civil War. Supplied

How Captain America: Civil War echoes our political anxieties

Superhero movies – at their best – reflect the political concems of our time. Captain America: Civil War is a two-and-a-half hour, action-packed critique of post-9/11 government overreach.
The Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! romps through several genres, and only occasionally wallows in self-indulgence. Image courtesy of Universal Pictures International

Hail, Caesar! or Hollywood, at least

The Coen brothers may have returned to form with the genre-spinning Hail, Caesar! It still remains to be seen if they'll ever reach the heights of their glory days again.
A gay subculture revolves around risky, drug-enhanced sex. The reasons why are complex and deserve attention. Chemsex, Pecadillo Pictures.

Chemsex review: gay sex and drug use demand more careful forms of attention

Drugs scare us and fascinate us. Societies might fight “wars” against drugs – but we also drink, smoke, ingest and inject an awful lot of them. The Ancient Greeks captured this instability with their concept…
Hollywood films have long depicted Arabs in a negative light. Pictured is the movie poster from 1921’s The Sheik. Wikimedia Commons

American Sniper perpetuates Hollywood’s typical Arab stereotypes

The first Iraqis to appear in Clint Eastwood’s Iraq War drama, American Sniper, are a young mother and boy of maybe 12. They are seen from the point of view of the man who will kill them: Chris Kyle, the…
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the wartime codebreaker Alan Turing. The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game: is it history, drama or myth?

The acclaimed new movie The Imitation Game is based on the too-short life of Alan Turing, the British mathematician and “father” of computer science. But how true-to-life is it and what can we learn from…

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