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From the Earth to ‘Elysium’

By Julia Polese on August 9, 2013

What if the earth isn’t worth inheriting?

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“World War Z”: The Undead with a Dash of Humanity

By Julia Polese on June 21, 2013

Love, sacrifice, and zombies.

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“Oblivion” and Earth’s Horatius

By Julia Polese on April 19, 2013

Oblivion, directed by Joseph Kosinski Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: “To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of…

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House of Cards’ Lady Macbeth

By Julia Polese on March 25, 2013

Review of House of Cards (Season 1), Directed by David Finch “Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here; And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty! make thick my blood, Stop…

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‘Admission’ Is Worth the Price

By Julia Polese on March 22, 2013

Review of Admission, Directed by Paul Weitz College admissions: the final test of the helicopter parent. While it was no Deerfield or Andover, my college prep school career began with a meeting about college preparation the first month of freshman…

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The Battle for America’s Soul in American Gods

By Julia Polese on August 27, 2012

Review of American Gods by Neil Gaiman By JULIA POLESE Neil Gaiman’s American Gods hit all the right buttons. Gaiman himself described it as an “American phantasmagoria,” an extraordinarily apt descriptor (See the interview with Gaiman in the 10th anniversary…

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The Serpent in Eden in Crossing to Safety

By Julia Polese on July 18, 2012

Review of Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner By JULIA POLESE Crossing to Safety is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wallace Stegner’s final novel.  It is a story of two couples coping with the loss of Eden. Told from the perspective of Larry…

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