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Knibbs writes about culture, media, and technology. She grew up on the southwest side of Chicago. Now she lives in Brooklyn with all the other bloggers.

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The Lies ‘Richard Jewell’ and ‘Bombshell’ Tell About Woman Journalists

Both films take notably weird approaches to their characterizations, which begs the question of why Hollywood struggles to properly portray female reporters

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Inside the Diamond District, the Grimy, Shiny Setting of ‘Uncut Gems’

Directors Josh and Benny Safdie spent a decade researching their new film, ample time to embed themselves in one of New York City’s most distinct neighborhoods

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“Worked at Vice Then Went to Jail”: Inside the Canadian Hipster Drug Ring

In December 2015, five young people were arrested in Australia during a botched drug trafficking attempt. In September 2019, their handler—a onetime Vice Canada editor—pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import cocaine. He admits his involvement in the scheme, and expects to serve time in prison. Does he feel that bad about it?

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The Hunt for the Dirtiest Thing on Disney+

Disney’s new streaming service is designed to be family-friendly. But what about the members of the family looking for something a little more … adult? Are they totally hung out to dry—or is there anything raunchy hidden on Disney+?

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An Exhaustive Ranking of Movie Journalists

From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,’ which movie muckrakers get their stories, break the most news, and, most importantly, avoid sleeping with their subjects?

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Let Liv Tyler Play an Alien

After she was forced to the sidelines in ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Ad Astra,’ this is obviously the only reasonable form of justice

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‘Hustlers’ Is an Essential, Timely American Crime Story

Lorene Scafaria’s new film—which follows strippers who resort to a criminal scheme during the 2008 financial crisis—adds something new to the scammer genre by turning traditional pawns into well-rounded subjects

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What a Character: The Inimitable Career of Sacha Baron Cohen

The man behind Borat is playing it straight in ‘The Spy,’ a new Netflix drama about Mossad agents. This might seem like a major departure, but then again, he has always aimed for the unexpected.

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Flash Mobs and Hunger Strikes: Inside the #SaveTheOA Campaign

Netflix’s cancellation of ‘The OA’ has left fans upset that the sprawling sci-fi fable will remain unfinished—but the movement to save it is as ambitious and unwieldy as the show itself. Will it make an impact?

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How Taylor Swift Went From Sweetheart to Snake (and Back Again?)

In 2009, Taylor Swift was a country music princess on the verge of superstardom. In 2019, she’s a full-blown music juggernaut, and a case study for the ups and downs of modern pop stardom.