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Star Wars and the Critical Benefit of Low Expectations

My old colleague Ross Douthat is mystified that <i>Star Wars: The Forces Awakens</i> has wowed nearly every single critic its come up against:<p>This film has a 95 percent “Fresh” rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. 95 percent. (That’s higher than the audience rating, right now, which is only 92 percent. …

Film,Culture,Science fiction and fantasy,Superhero movies,Pixar,Animation,Ex Machina,Star Wars: The Force Awakens,Star Wars,Mad Max: Fury Road,Inside Out,Kingsman: The Secret Service<p>It was a middling year for superhero movies, but a storming one for dystopian science fiction and hyper-nostalgic …

Science Fiction

Indian Government Looking For Answers After Students Barred From Flights To U.S.

Two California colleges say students have been deported or blocked from flying, but deny claims they've been blacklisted by authorities.<p>The Indian government has advised citizens enrolled in two small California colleges to temporarily defer travel to the U.S., after the country's state-owned …

Cecil Rhodes row: Oxford overhauls degrees to be more ‘diverse’

Academic review comes amid storm over statue of colonial magnate Cecil Rhodes<p>Oxford University is preparing to overhaul academic courses to be more “diverse” as it <b>comes under political pressure over whether a statue of the colonialist magnate politician Cecil Rhodes should be removed</b><b>.</b><p>Humanities and …

Jewish leader demands expulsion of 'Christian vampires'

The leader of a right-wing Jewish group has called for a ban on Christmas in Israel and the expulsion of Christians, describing followers of the religion as "blood-sucking vampires".<p>Benzi Gopstein - leader of the group Lahava, or Flame in Hebrew - wrote last week on the ultra-Orthodox Kooker …

Syrian regime 'bombs UNESCO world heritage site'

Government helicoptor was reportedly targeting rebels in Busra Sham, classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site for its historic citadel, ruins and well-preserved Roman theatre<p>The Syrian regime has bombed an ancient castle listed by Unesco as a world heritage site as it tried to root out rebel …