No use wallowing over what could have been. This is the movie we get, and boy is it boring, but not in a way that leaves room for insight.

Lauren Michele Jackson On Emancipation

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The Path to "River See"

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The Rest of the Story

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A Faceless Compass

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The Flood

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The city that inspired The Romantics
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The Postman

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Bottle Torches

A fantasia on Nari Ward
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For Argument's Sake

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