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Disney Studios' latest animated feature “Raya and the Last Dragon” is following in the long tradition of Disney princesses, but continues the trend of moving the princess into the role of hero rather than a love-lorn damsel to be rescued.

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Last week, I wrote about the pop culture things from 2020 that helped me weather social distancing and self-quarantining. Now, as we approach a year of the pandemic, I’d like to look at a few more things from 2020, and beyond, that made the last 12 months a little bit more tolerable.

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Here’s a non-controversial statement: 2020 was a rough year. But there were things that made it easier. So, instead of doing a traditional best of retrospective, I want to spotlight my favorite things from the world of entertainment that helped me survive 2020.

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The Apple Original “Palmer,” Justin Timberlake’s first on-screen acting role since 2017’s “Wonder Wheel,” is the type of film that is easy to dismiss. It features familiar plot elements and character types that wouldn’t be out of place in a Lifetime movie-of-the-week. But familiarity isn’t a…

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In a recent Sun column, my abilities as a writer and a critic were called into question. Furthermore, the very idea of art criticism was dismissed as “the public equivalent of refrigerator literature, strung together from boxes of magnetized words that offer inadequate variety.”

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Every four years, as we face a new president, I revisit a piece I wrote about great cinematic presidents. In the wake of the horrific events on Wednesday, in which pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol at the behest of President Donald Trump, the fictional leaders of film seem all the mor…