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‘Outsiders’ Is a Worthwhile Show on a Channel You’ve Never Heard Of

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After mobsters, bikers, Mormons, spies, advertising executives, maximum security prisoners, and soon porn, one could be forgiven for thinking cable television writers had run out of predominantly white subcultures in which to set their shows. But in Outsiders, creator Peter Mattei has found a new and particularly intriguing one: the physically and socially isolated Farrell Clan, a tribe several dozen strong that’s managed to survive on Kentucky’s Shay Mountain for over 200 years.
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The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’

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This column will take a hiatus next week due to a little trip to Park City, Utah, but not to worry – thanks to a particularly heavy week of new disc releases, we’ve bulged past our usual five recommendations to six. And they’re good ones: one of last year’s best indies, two terrific late summer/early fall studio pictures, a pair of must-haves from the Criterion Collection, and a forgotten horror thriller that’s worth a curiosity glance.
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Financial Drama ‘Billions’ Is Lots of Sex, Little Substance, and Still Pretty Fun

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There’s a particular moment in new television series I’ve come to think of as the Prestige Flare. To even the most casual of viewers, the Prestige Flare is obvious, because it’s designed to spell out in big, flashing, occasionally blood-spattered letters that this is Not Your Mother’s Television Show. The Prestige Flare may have begun as a genuine corrective to the sanitized, advertiser-beholden norms of network TV, but over time, it’s ossified into a norm of its own. Like another once-controversial, now-normalized form of entertainment, you know the Prestige Flare when you see it: siblings having sex (Game of Thrones), geniuses taking drugs (The Knick), series juxtaposing antiheroes’ dirty work with their oh-so-normcore surroundings (The Sopranos, The Americans).
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in June

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There was a time, and not long ago, when the hotter months were a little cold at the art house — when indie distributors seemingly didn’t want to get flattened by the behemoths of the summer movie season. But a few years back, some of them seemed to realize that grown-ups also enjoy a nice air-conditioned theater, as well as a movie where flesh-and-blood people talk to each other. So the summer season has become nearly as crowded for indie cinema as for the mainstream; this month, we’ve got 11 recommendations for you, and this is just a handful of the indies, docs, and foreign films that will hit cinemas and VOD in …Read More

‘Inside Amy Schumer’s’ 12 Angry Men, Ranked

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Every episode of Inside Amy Schumer deserves to be talked about, but there’s always one segment that rises above the rest and necessitates a little extra conversation. In lieu of recapping full episodes, we’re here to help you with water-cooler conversation by letting you know which sketch was an absolute must-watch.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to 2015 Summer Movies

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This Friday, just like the first weekend of every May since 2007, a new movie based on a Marvel comic book will open in thousands of theaters across the country, will make all the money, and will serve as the official starter pistol for summer movie season. And for many a seasoned moviegoer, that’s a cue for despair; after all, summer has become synonymous with big, bloated, stupid blockbusters of the Transformers school. And make no mistake, there’s plenty of those on the runway this season (how ya doin’, Terminator Genisys, it’s pretty funny that you’re actually going with that spelling). But don’t go into cinematic hibernation just yet; there’s also a steady stream of first-rate indie-flick counterprogramming on the runway, and some of the big movies actually sound pretty good. So, as a public service to you, the discerning moviegoer, we’ve assembled a month-by-month look at what might actually be worth your time and …Read More

Flavorwire’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

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A new year is upon us, and a peek ahead at 2015’s cinematic offerings is… well, kinda depressing. As you peruse the many 2015 preview pieces on movie sites, there’s a noticeable sameness — namely because they’re chock full of sequels. And some of those sequels (The Avengers, Mad Max, The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike, Mission: Impossible, and, yes, Star Wars) might be great! But their domination of said lists speaks to the weakness of said lists; we’re banking anticipation almost exclusively on known quantities, from earlier films and filmmakers. And with Sundance and the rest of the spring festivals still on the horizon, we can’t yet guess at the smaller sleepers. BUT, nonetheless, we present this look at a few slightly off-the-grid and out-of-the-box movies that might be worth talking about this …Read More

50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors

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This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our …Read More