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Jordan Peele's second film "Us" broke the box office record for an original horror movie.
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Stop trying to figure 'Us' out

When Jordan Peele announced he was working on a new movie following the release of “Get Out,” it seemed like the flood of internet conspiracy theories on his first film just took a new shape. And after a $70 million opening weekend that broke the box office record for an original horror movie, fans looked online to help explain the lack of answers provided in “Us.” 


The biggest story of the 2017 awards season was "Moonlight"'s Academy Award for Best Picture after "La La Land" was incorrectly announced as the winner.
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Recess roundtable: Why criticism?

Much discussion has erupted in recent weeks regarding the (purportedly) fading necessity of reviews. In an age of discontinued Netflix-star-ratings, Amazon top customer reviewers and enraged YouTubers, the long-form reviews of movies, books or music that once dominated newspapers are increasingly seen as antiquated or downright ignorant


Does Valentine’s Day have you down in the dumps? It’s okay — we’re here to help. (Or maybe make it worse, depending on how you feel about love songs.) Listen away!
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Recess' 2019 Valentine's Day Mix

Love got you down? Finally found your one true love? Trying to avoid any and all couples on February 14th? Whatever your feelings are toward Valentine's Day, Recess has got you covered with our songs describing love, loss and everything in between:


"You" originally premiered on Lifetime Sept. 9, but moved to Netflix Dec. 26.
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Does 'You' normalize gender violence or criticize harmful romance tropes?

If you’ve seen one romantic comedy, you’ve seen them all. The genre’s tropes are well-known: There’s the misunderstood brooding male love interest, the quirky yet loveable female heroine we can’t help but root for, the dowdy best friend whose main plot point is to encourage the heroine until she gives in to the hero’s strange quirks and learns to love him anyway.