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How has Richard Linklater never made a road movie before Last Flag Flying? Linklater is insanely productive and his movies often luxuriate in either observations of human interaction (the Before trilogy; Dazed and Confused; Everybody Wants Some!! and many more), exactly the kind of vibe that could benefit a road trip focused on characters rather than antics. Last Flag Flying feels like a vintage Linklater project in other, more left-field ways: As a kinda-sorta-not-really...
At the end of Boyhood, Mason (Ellar Coltrane) arrives at college and, on an impromptu trip with some new friends, settles into a feeling of serenity as the world opens up before him. That is not exactly the sensation felt by the bros who burst onto campus at the outset of Linklater’s follow-up film, Everybody Wants Some!!, set in the party-filled weekend leading up to the first day of classes. Some of the dudes—there’s...
It's been almost 50 years since Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later senator from New York, released the Moynihan Report, which, among other things, not only emphasized the importance of intact nuclear families, but also pathologized those headed by single mothers. Though Moynihan's study focused exclusively on African-American families and was (not just in retrospect, but also clearly at the time) the kind of "social science" that has been used over and over...

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