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End of Year Watch List: All The Best Movies Coming Out in the Last Days of 2021

From Netflix, HBO, Disney, and more, the end of the year promises a big movie finish

The Timothee Trpitych will soon be complete

In normal years, summer is the season reserved for blockbusters and big title releases from major studios. However, the past few years have been far from normal years.

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Film Features

Before Its Time: 1996's "Romeo + Juliet"

Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale that takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2021.

Pandemics are known for triggering upheaval and societal change.

It's probably no coincidence, then, that Shakespeare penned Romeo and Juliet around 1595—directly in the middle of the deadly Bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged Europe. Amidst today's pandemic, the most relevant adaptation of this timeless and classic tragedy was made 25 years ago.

Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale. Romeo + Juliet made a decent ranking at the box office, but it was heavily overlooked for awards, only receiving one Oscar nomination for best art direction.

Had Luhrmann waited just 10 years to release Romeo + Juliet, there may have been more positive reactions to the film. At one point, Baz himself doubted that the movie would ever be made. During a 2015 interview discussing the film, Baz said: "When we went to Twentieth Century-Fox with it, under the terms of my first-look deal, I think rather than let me go, they sort of said, 'We'll give him $100,000, let him do his little workshop and maybe it'll go away.' Well it did not."

Romeo + Juliet takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2021. Here's why:

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​Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya’s Best Dune Press Outfits

The press tour heard around the world

The long awaited Denis Villeneuve adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune" is here.

After years pining for its release, theaters have reopened and Dune is finally screening for us to marvel at its splendor. And marvel we will.

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Film News

Everyone You Love Is in Adam McKay's "Don't Look Up"

A film about the end of the world? It's hitting a little too close to home right now

Literally everyone

If Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio warned you the world was ending, would you listen?

Considering the fact that Leo has been crusading about the environment for years — okay, Climate Crisis King — between switching out his various 20-year old girlfriends and not much has changed, the answer is probably no.

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TV Lists

The 10 Hottest On-Screen Priests in History, Ranked

Forgive me father for I have sinned...

What is it about Catholic priests that fill us with thoughts that are anything but godly?

Is it that they're sexually unattainable? That their robes emphasize their shoulders? That they're obligated to listen to our problems? Whatever it is, the trope of the hot priest has become a cultural staple that can be found in myriad of books, movies, and TV shows. Here are 10 of the hottest priests to ever make it on-screen.

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Culture Feature

9 of the Best Fictional Games We Wish We Could Play

From Quidditch to Calvinball, these games look like more fun than anything the real world has to offer.

It can be a lot of fun to engage with a sci-fi or fantasy world — to lose yourself in imagining the interesting ways life could be different.

But sometimes it's hard not to get jealous when the characters in those worlds are just having way more fun than we ever will. These are some of the made-up games in sci-fi and fantasy worlds that we desperately wish we could play.

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