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Noel Murray

Noel Murray is a freelance critic based in Arkansas, who’s been writing about movies, TV, music, comics and more for over 30 years, for the likes of The A.V. Club, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone.

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‘Jay and Silent Bob’ Fandom Grew Up. Kevin Smith Didn’t.

In October of 1994 — 25 years ago — cinephiles across the U.S. were excited about the release of two movies they’d been reading about…

The Joker Has Always Been A More Reliable Cultural Barometer Than Batman

If you think about it, there’s nothing inherently adversarial about a bat and a playing card. But because Batman’s arch-nemesis, the Joker, made his first…

Everyone’s Becoming a Cord-Cutter — But I’m Clinging to Mine for Dear Life

For about a decade now, the entertainment business has been urging consumers to abandon the old “big box” model, where we were all forced to…