Eileen Jones is a film crit­ic at Jacobin and author of the book Film­suck, USA. She teach­es at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley.
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War for the Planet of the Apes Lacks the Courage of Its Convictions
Koba should've won.
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The Milquetoast Militants of Showtime’s “Guerrilla”
The protagonists' middle-class naiveté rolls off them in waves.
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The Android Manifesto: Finding Marx in Westworld
The HBO drama is a surprisingly astute tale of alienated labor and false consciousness.
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Jane Austen, Class Warrior
Most Austen adaptations are little more than 'buttoned-up, tea-drinking porn.' But Whit Stillman's new film 'Love & Friendship' foregrounds Austen's sharp observations on social mobility.
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Terry Jones’ ‘Boom Bust Boom’ and the Greedy Monkey Theory of Economic Collapse
In a new doc, Monty Python's Jones illustrates capitalism's tendency toward disaster
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Watching Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Is Three Hours of Self-Punishment and I Loved It
Tarantino gives us a hangman-based civilization, with specious “law and order” talk doing nothing to obscure the essential cruelty of his characters’ actions.
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The New Star Wars Film is the Same Old Hackneyed Nonsense—Please Don’t Kill Me for Saying It
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens racking up more and more acclaim, have audiences forgotten the narrative complexity and moral ambiguity cinema is capable of?
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Clint Eastwood: The Good, the Bad and the Reactionary
Patrick McGilligan's unauthorized biography of the film legend, updated through 2015, suffers from bastard fatigue: There are just too many examples of Eastwood's perfidy.
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Underneath the Laughs, ‘Trainwreck’ Is Just Another Regressive Rom Com
For all its wit and unabashed vulgarity, Amy Schumer's film follows a tired formula
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The Stanford Prison Experiment Actually Shows We Are Not All Born Potential Tyrants
The film adaptation of the Stanford prison experiment explores little of its ambiguity.
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A Shaky Launch for HBO’s The Brink
The new black comedy about nuclear war misses its target.
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Why Some Vets Want to Relive Vietnam
A new documentary follows the weird subculture of Vietnam War reenactors—some of whom were actually there.
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Actually, Mad Max: Fury Road Isn’t That Feminist; And It Isn’t That Good, Either
Turns out the MRAs aren't the best judges of feminism.
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Why So Many Celebrities Are Scientologists: Going Clear, Revealing New HBO Doc, Holds Clues
One explanation is hidden in plain sight: the way the cult mirrors the star-obsessed, profit-driven culture of Hollywood.