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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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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…

Run Screaming From Godzilla’s 10 Weirdest Friends and Foes

The movie may be called Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but the star of the show, honestly, ain’t Godzilla. This time out, the skyscraper-sized fire-breathing…