Games of Thrones’ 8th and final season

Games of Thrones’ 8th and final season

The show is finally back. Here’s what you need to know. It’s been almost two years since Game of Thrones aired a new episode. When the credits rolled on the season seven finale in August 2017, Avengers: Infinity War hadn’t come out. The Mueller report was still in its infant stages. It feels like a literal lifetime ago. So it’s understandable if you’ve forgotten what’s happening in Westeros — especially since, at any given time…

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The debate over what Julian Assange’s arrest means for freedom of the press, explained

The debate over what Julian Assange’s arrest means for freedom of the press, explained

“This case raises a number of really thorny questions about what it means to be a journalist.” Is the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange justice against a man who broke the law, or is it a warning shot that journalism is under threat in the United States? It’s a difficult question to answer, in part because it brings up a host of other related questions: Do you consider WikiLeaks a journalistic organization or not?…

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The rape allegation against Julian Assange, explained

The rape allegation against Julian Assange, explained

The story of his asylum and arrest is about more than WikiLeaks. Now that he has been expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces extradition to the United States over a charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. But he took refuge in the embassy in the first place because two women accused him of sex crimes. In 2010, a Swedish woman initially referred to in the press as Miss…

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Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

The flawed but fun superhero flick is currently in theaters. Metacritic score: 64 Captain Marvel is an origin story for the final, vital character to join the Avengers. Set in the 1990s, the film tells the story of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), who is introduced as a Kree warrior but begins to discover, after a crash landing on earth in 1995, what her true identity is. And that has big implications for the future of…

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Us

Us

Jordan Peele’s terrifying critique of America’s historical amnesia is currently in theaters. Metacritic score: 81 Jordan Peele followed up his 2017 smash debut Get Out with Us, a blistering horror allegory about the parts of America’s past we’d rather forget, and the judgement we’ll face for it. Rife with symbols and encroaching apocalyptic dread, Us is a big, ambitious fable about how a society develops willful amnesia, then tears itself to pieces. It’s horror cosplaying…

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