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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.

Sicario: Day of the Sad Sequel
Benicio Del Toro.
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Sicario: Day of the Sad Sequel

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom proves once again there's only one Steven Spielberg
Cast members of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom proves once again there's only one Steven Spielberg

Solo marks Star Wars' return to sleaze
Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo.
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Solo marks Star Wars' return to sleaze

Is this really the end of the Avengers?
A scene from Avengers: Infinity War.
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Is this really the end of the Avengers?

The tween mistakes of Rampage and Truth or Dare
Scenes from Rampage and Truth or Dare.
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The tween mistakes of Rampage and Truth or Dare

Pacific Rim: Uprising is proof that sequels are running amok
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Pacific Rim: Uprising is proof that sequels are running amok

How Melissa McCarthy became one of Hollywood's biggest stars
Melissa McCarthy.
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How Melissa McCarthy became one of Hollywood's biggest stars

The Oscars' weirdest phenomenon
Guillermo Del Toro on the set of 'Shape of Water.'
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The Oscars' weirdest phenomenon

Why isn't Rachel McAdams a superstar?
Rachel McAdams.
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Why isn't Rachel McAdams a superstar?

Why January is secretly the best month for movies about ghosts
Lin Shaye in 'Insidious: The Last Key.'
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Why January is secretly the best month for movies about ghosts

Is Phantom Thread funny?
'Phantom Thread': rom-com?
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Is Phantom Thread funny?

The Last Jedi finally gives Star Wars fauna its due
Porg.
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The Last Jedi finally gives Star Wars fauna its due

Guillermo del Toro is not profound
Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in 'The Shape of Water.'
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Guillermo del Toro is not profound

What the hell is Mel Gibson doing in Daddy's Home 2?
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What the hell is Mel Gibson doing in Daddy's Home 2?

Thor: Ragnarok is not a normal Marvel movie
'Thor: Ragnarok'
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Thor: Ragnarok is not a normal Marvel movie

Happy Death Day is yet another riff on Groundhog Day. How did this happen?
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Happy Death Day is yet another riff on Groundhog Day. How did this happen?

Ben Stiller's never-ending midlife crisis
Austin Abrams and Ben Stiller in 'Brad's Status.'
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Ben Stiller's never-ending midlife crisis

The juvenile perspective of It
'It.'
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The juvenile perspective of It

Logan Lucky reminds us why we love heist movies
Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, and Adam Driver in 'Logan Lucky.'
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Logan Lucky reminds us why we love heist movies

Ingrid Goes West is the anti-internet movie we needed
Ingrid Goes West.
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Ingrid Goes West is the anti-internet movie we needed

How SNL-alum comedies went from blockbusters to indie darlings
Kyle Mooney in Brigsby Bear.
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How SNL-alum comedies went from blockbusters to indie darlings

The delirious excess of Valerian
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
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The delirious excess of Valerian

The domestication of War for the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes.
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The domestication of War for the Planet of the Apes

Like most romantic comedies now, The Big Sick puts its female lead in a coma
The Big Sick.
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Like most romantic comedies now, The Big Sick puts its female lead in a coma

Why Transformers 5 is worth cherishing
Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in Transformers: The Last Knight.
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Why Transformers 5 is worth cherishing

How Tom Cruise's career got mummified
Tom Cruise in the latest 'The Mummy.'
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How Tom Cruise's career got mummified

Why is Ridley Scott suddenly back in the Alien business?
Alien: Covenant
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Why is Ridley Scott suddenly back in the Alien business?

Get ready for the backlash against Amy Schumer's new comedy
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn in 'Snatched.'
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Get ready for the backlash against Amy Schumer's new comedy

Is John Cena the second coming of The Rock?
John Cena in The Wall.
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Is John Cena the second coming of The Rock?

Can the girls of Girls make it in Hollywood?
The girls of 'Girls.'
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Can the girls of Girls make it in Hollywood?

Alec Baldwin, master of boss baby cartoons and boss baby presidents
The Boss Baby.
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Alec Baldwin, master of boss baby cartoons and boss baby presidents

Danny Boyle, the improbable master of the music video
T2: Trainspotting
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Danny Boyle, the improbable master of the music video

17 years as Wolverine: Hugh Jackman's superheroic version of Boyhood
This is the end.
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17 years as Wolverine: Hugh Jackman's superheroic version of Boyhood