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Jesse Hassenger

Contributing Writer

Jesse Hassenger's film and culture criticism has appeared in The Onion's A.V. Club, Brooklyn Magazine, and Men's Journal online, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, where he also writes fiction, edits textbooks, and helps run SportsAlcohol.com, a pop culture blog and podcast.

Matt Damon's American masculinity
Matt Damon.
Opinion

Matt Damon's American masculinity

Kristen Wiig's belated Bridesmaids follow-up
Feature

Kristen Wiig's belated Bridesmaids follow-up

Amy Adams is too good to do something like Hillbilly Elegy
Amy Adams.
Feature

Amy Adams is too good to do something like Hillbilly Elegy

The welcome return of sad Ben Affleck
Feature

The welcome return of sad Ben Affleck

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, movie star
Downhill.
Feature

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, movie star

Why are the Oscars trying to be the Grammys?
An Oscar Grammy.
Analysis

Why are the Oscars trying to be the Grammys?

What was it like to work for Harvey Weinstein? The Assistant shows the everyday weight of harassment.
The Assistant.
Feature

What was it like to work for Harvey Weinstein? The Assistant shows the everyday weight of harassment.

The Lion King remake shows some stories aren't meant to be told in 'live-action'
The Lion King.
Feature

The Lion King remake shows some stories aren't meant to be told in 'live-action'

The not-so-parallel careers of Robert Downey Jr. and Will Smith
Will Smith and Robert Downey Jr.
Feature

The not-so-parallel careers of Robert Downey Jr. and Will Smith

In defense of middlebrow Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes.
Feature

In defense of middlebrow Sam Mendes

Cats only inspires one question: Why?
Feature

Cats only inspires one question: Why?

Richard Jewell is Clint Eastwood's latest film to go small
Analysis

Richard Jewell is Clint Eastwood's latest film to go small

Queen & Slim shows Hollywood is still learning how to grapple with police shootings
Queen and Slim.
Feature

Queen & Slim shows Hollywood is still learning how to grapple with police shootings

The rich comedic tradition of beefcakes taking care of kids
Playing With Fire.
Feature

The rich comedic tradition of beefcakes taking care of kids

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker struggles in the shadow of the actors who came before him
Joaquin Phoenix.
Feature

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker struggles in the shadow of the actors who came before him

Jennifer Lopez is the new Al Pacino
Jennifer Lopez.
Feature

Jennifer Lopez is the new Al Pacino

Why movie studios should start thinking differently about Labor Day
A movie theater.
Feature

Why movie studios should start thinking differently about Labor Day

Hobbs & Shaw's late-blooming stars
Hobbs and Shaw.
Feature

Hobbs & Shaw's late-blooming stars

Dark Phoenix is a fitting end, if it is the end, to the X-Men franchise
A scene from Dark Phoenix.
Feature

Dark Phoenix is a fitting end, if it is the end, to the X-Men franchise

Adam Sandler is good again
Adam Sandler.
Analysis

Adam Sandler is good again

Avengers: Endgame gets back to the best part of the series — the characters
The Avengers.
Feature

Avengers: Endgame gets back to the best part of the series — the characters

How a little secrecy gives Captain Marvel a stronger story
Brie Larson.
Analysis

How a little secrecy gives Captain Marvel a stronger story

The many violent fantasies of Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson.
Analysis

The many violent fantasies of Liam Neeson

M. Night Shyamalan's Glass is better than you've heard
A scene from Glass.
Analysis

M. Night Shyamalan's Glass is better than you've heard

Why Aquaman is so refreshing
Analysis

Why Aquaman is so refreshing

Is the Fantastic Beasts franchise for adults or children?
Analysis

Is the Fantastic Beasts franchise for adults or children?

Action stars are loving video-on-demand
Analysis

Action stars are loving video-on-demand

The Hate U Give shows how teen movies are growing up
Amandla Stenberg.
Analysis

The Hate U Give shows how teen movies are growing up

Supervillains are making a comeback
Venom.
Analysis

Supervillains are making a comeback

Night School is terrible. But Tiffany Haddish is great.
Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart.
Analysis

Night School is terrible. But Tiffany Haddish is great.

Why Predator is the most underappreciated monster franchise of our time
The Predator throwing a guy.
Analysis

Why Predator is the most underappreciated monster franchise of our time

Support the Girls is one of the best movies ever about work
Haley Lu Richardson and Regina Hall.
Analysis

Support the Girls is one of the best movies ever about work

The Meg is a surprisingly fair fight between Jason Statham and a megalodon
Jason Statham.
Analysis

The Meg is a surprisingly fair fight between Jason Statham and a megalodon

Teen Titans Go! is the most satisfying superhero movie of the summer
Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire, and Raven sit at a movie theater in the new Teen Titans Go movie
Analysis

Teen Titans Go! is the most satisfying superhero movie of the summer

Tom Cruise's dogged defiance of time
Analysis

Tom Cruise's dogged defiance of time

Does Ant-Man and the Wasp think kissing is icky?
Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd.
Analysis

Does Ant-Man and the Wasp think kissing is icky?