Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:43pm
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Around this time of year, we become invested in ghost stories. Stories of haunted houses and paranormal activity fill the screens as people deliberately scare themselves. But there are different kinds of haunting beyond vengeful spirits — hauntings by past actions, by decisions, by expectations. And, in the case of “Rebecca,” being haunted by those who came before.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 2:30pm
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Welcome back to the Film Beat’s series on Disney Channel Original Movies, or DCOMs for short. This week, we’re continuing to talk about lesser-known DCOMs: The DCOMs that didn’t gain as much traction in the 2000s and so aren’t as well known.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:32am
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Indie as well as mainstream films featuring LGBTQ+ characters and plotlines are becoming more and more common, set in a variety of times and places for a larger breadth of stories. One of Netflix’s latest, “The Boys in the Band,” brings a new spin on a classic play that is essential in the history of LGBTQ+ representation.

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 2:32pm
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When I was growing up, women’s history was everywhere. I learned about Gloria Steinem and the feminist movement of the 1970s before I knew anything about the Vietnam War. In school, when we learned about John Adams, we learned about Abigail Adams right along with him; “Remember the ladies,” she said. Over the past decade or so of my feminist education, I’ve noticed how women’s history has become more inclusive.

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 1:30pm
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In the United States there has long been a strange fascination with stories of the American backwoods — gritty tales of brazen crime, graphic murder, religious fanaticism and twisted mentalities. They fixate on the post-war rural South and glorify the violence that erupts among the backwoods folk. And there’s never a person of color in sight.

Sunday, September 6, 2020 - 6:54pm
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Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:25am
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Take yourself back to the summer of 2007. Tiger Woods was at the height of his career. The first iPhone had a triumphant release. I went to a week of summer camp and returned with a couple hundred mosquito bites. And in August, Disney Channel previewed an animated show called “Phineas and Ferb.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 7:46pm
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In an age where thousands of films get made every year, there’s often a push to make something different. This is how you end up with rom-coms like “Love Wedding Repeat,” a recent Netflix film that ruined its characters with a complicated multiverse plot, or with low-quality Adam Sandler movies with fantastical storylines.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 7:27pm
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Pete Davidson (“Saturday Night Live”) is a polarizing figure. He’s known for becoming one of the youngest-ever cast members on “SNL” at age 20 and his brief engagement and subsequent messy breakup with Ariana Grande, among other things. Most importantly, he’s known for his blunt and brash comedy — whether he’s talking about sex, weed or mental health, Davidson is all about pushing the envelope on what’s acceptable to say out loud.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 7:05pm
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In the summer of 2016, my cousin and I saw “Southside with You,” a biographical indie film depicting Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1989, filled with intelligent conversations between the future POTUS and FLOTUS about everything from bigotry to desserts.