Xoan-Carlos Leon

Xoan-Carlos (XC) Leon is a former writer for the Financial Times and currently a UK-based financial editor at a US investment bank. A Film Studies minor, XC has a longstanding interest in European and Latin America film and manages several social media sites specializing on the film of Wes Anderson.
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The French Dispatch

This is the most Andersonian of Wes Anderson’s movies so far, and arguably his most ambitious work to date. If you haven’t enjoyed his movies in the past The French Dispatch might not be for you.

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Industry

Industry is a series fueled by greed, drugs, sex, and money, and provides all of these ingredients in Federal Reserve-sized quantities. There’s never a dull moment.

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The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy is a wildly imaginative take on the superhero genre, but it works mainly because of the strong characters and dysfunctional family at its core.

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Rutherford Falls

Rutherford Falls is a clever and sweet satire similar to Michael Schur’s other half-hour comedies. Like Parks and Recreation and The Good Place, it’s surprisingly deep and deserves just as much attention.

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Cha Cha Real Smooth

Cha Cha Real Smooth is a sweet, intimate antidote to all the noisy summer blockbusters out there. Filmmaker Cooper Raiff proves he’s someone to keep a close eye on.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Love, Death + Robots

Netflix’s animated anthology Love, Death + Robots includes so many worthwhile episodes, but these 10 are a great place to start.

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We are Lady Parts

This is a funny, endearing, fresh show that demonstrates what proper representation looks like.

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Why I’m Watching Ms. Marvel and You Should Too

Ms. Marvel delivers the representation Muslims finally deserve. And you don’t have to be Muslim to appreciate it.

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Fire Island

Fire Island is one of the best gay films released in recent memory. It’s funny, it’s romantic, and it is beautifully written, acted, and directed. It may not win Oscars–comedies rarely do; gay films more rarely still–but it is an instant classic that critics and audiences will be citing for years.

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Your Valentine’s Day Streaming Date

So, you’re single this V-day, and debating whether to hit up the apps for a good distraction.  Now, you could go on Tinder and swipe your heart — and $500,000 — away to some swindler.  Or you could save yourself some trouble and cozy up with some of the best characters across the streamers this

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Marry Me

Marry Me is a fun love story with a killer hook that could have been a total disaster, but ultimately succeeds thanks to the likability of its characters and wholehearted embrace of the conventions of classic romantic comedies.

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What to Watch After Marry Me? More J.Lo Rom-Coms

Marry Me sounds delightfully sappy, and considering the state of the world at the moment, we could all use a bit more sap in our lives. To celebrate J.Lo’s return to the rom-com, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite screen romances featuring the former Fly Girl (who’s still pretty fly).

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Dollface

Dollface explores big ideas surrounding the necessity and value of female friendship and the frustrations of millennial womanhood but manages to make it light, with surreal humor and playful punchlines sprinkled throughout.

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Where to Stream (Most of) the Major 2022 Oscars Contenders

Here’s where you can catch up on the major contenders (with two or more nominations), listed by streaming service.

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Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley is an intriguing noir film with interesting characters, rich performances, and a fantastic exploration of a mystic world through the stylized lens of Guillermo del Toro.

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The Alpinist

Joie de vivre never looked so effortless as it does in The Alpinist. While the spectacular cinematography wows the senses, the beautiful character portrait at its core of an eccentric, backwoods mountain climber stirs the humanity in us all.

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The Best New Movies and TV Shows in February 2022

Love, history, and choices well off the beaten path are arriving on streaming platforms this month. See our picks in categories you won’t find anywhere else.

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Book Adaptations We’re Looking forward to in 2022

As we enter 2022 we have a brand new and substantial slate of literary adaptations coming to big and small screens near you. From romance to horror to war stories, set in worlds both familiar and fantastic (or even both), there’s bound to be something here to appeal to every kind of fan.

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