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In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” is Rey a Mary Sue

A "Mary Sue" is a character who is seemingly perfect and possesses unrealistic abilities, yet female Mary Sues are more scrutinized than male ones. Critiques of Rey and other strong female characters have opened up dialogues over the not-so-subtle misogyny that's present in “nerd culture.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ghostbusters (2016)
Mad Max: Fury Road

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What went wrong behind the scenes of “Suicide Squad”

Tone has been a big issue in franchise filmmaking recently, elevating irreverent hits like "Deadpool" and sinking duds like the dour "Fantastic Four." We take a look at "Suicide Squad" and how it plays into the larger narrative.

Suicide Squad
Guardians of the Galaxy
Fantastic Four
Deadpool
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Ant-Man

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How does “Rogue One” relate to the other “Star Wars” films

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" features many characters that appeared in other Star Wars media and is closely linked to the first film in the franchise, "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Screenosophy: Is there such a thing as “mere” or meaningless entertainment

Diminishing the significance of entertainment allows those who create it to abnegate responsibility — after all, it's "only" entertainment. If entertainment is inherently meaningful, then its makers are responsible for what they produce.

Transcendence
Jurassic World
Star Wars (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Furious 7

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How does “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” represent women

How does "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" represent women through its four central female characters: Rey, Maz, Phasma, and Leia?

Star Wars (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Game of Thrones

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