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roxana-hadadi.jpeg Roxana Hadadi, Staff Contributor: Roxana Hadadi is a Staff Contributor for Pajiba. She writes about film, television, and culture with sides of judgment and thirst. She also writes about movies for Chesapeake Family magazine and Punch Drunk Critics, and is a member of the DC Area Film Critics Association. She lives in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. You can follow her on Twitter.








The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Lineup is Excitingly Female-Forward, So Here's Hoping These Damn Movies Actually Come Out!


Lena Dunham is Back on Her Bullshit and Still Doesn't Realize That She Shouldn't be Adapting a Syrian Rufugee Story


Spoilers: Everyone in ‘Widows’ is Scrambling for Power, and Disrupting a Classist and Sexist Status Quo is the Way to Do It


Spoilers: Netflix’s Season Six of ‘The Great British Bakeoff’ Feels Like a Real Step Forward in Brown Representation, and THOSE BAKES!


Review: ‘Green Book’ is Your Grandparents’ Holiday Movie Pick, a Well-Intentioned But Flatly Executed Story About the Evils of Racism


In Appreciation of Aaron Taylor-Johnson Taking Over for Ben Foster and Going Full Beast Mode in ‘Outlaw King’


Every Female Character Gets Kind of Ruined in 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,' But Especially Poor Queenie Goldstein


Review: The Coen Brothers Do Their Thing With 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,' Which is Only Revisionist in That It's Streaming on Netflix


Just a Reminder That Colin Farrell Should Have Stayed Cast as Grindelwald in 'Fantastic Beasts,' Goddammit!


In 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,' Keira Knightley is the Latest Actress to Subversively Wield the Sexy Baby Voice


Review: Documentary 'Free Solo' Deserves a Best Cinematography Nod From the Academy for Its Terrifying, Life-Affirming Visuals


Review: Rami Malek is a Magnetic Freddie Mercury, But ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Can’t Make Up Its Mind About His Identity or His Legacy


Uh, Rebel Wilson? Queen Latifah Would Like a Word About That Whole 'First Plus-Sized Lead in a Romantic Comedy' Thing


Russell Hornsby Deserves a Damn Oscar Nomination for 'The Hate U Give,' and I'm Ready to Yell About It


Review: 'Suspiria' is Bleak, Grotesque, Overly Complicated, and Unforgettable, a Depiction of Women's Anger Turned to Rot


'Mid90s' Uses a Super-Uncomfortable Sex Scene to Make Its Young Protagonist Cool, Because Of Course It Does


Review: In His Final Role, Robert Redford is Perfect in the Thoughtful, Reflective ‘The Old Man and the Gun,' But Ugh, Casey Affleck


Review: Documentary ‘MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.’ Makes a Case for Our Own Self-Reflection—What Do We Owe the ‘Paper Planes’ Star?


Legends Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright in ‘Tea With the Dames’ Are the Balm You Need Right Now


Review: ‘First Man’ is Precise, Patriotic, Immersive, Gorgeous, and Flawed. Can People Stop Complaining About the Flag Now?


Villainous Riz Ahmed is the Best Part of 'Venom,' and I'm Not Saying That Just Because I Love Riz Ahmed, I Swear!


'A Star is Born' Isn't Really About Sex, But Man, It is Sexy as Hell


Review: Keira Knightley’s ‘Colette’ is a Period Piece, But Yeah, a Woman Battling a Controlling Husband for Her Art Feels Timely AF


Review: Emma Thompson is Quietly Devastating in ‘The Children Act,’ an Ian McEwan Film That is Only Kind of Emotionally Manipulative


Underneath All the Halloween Décor of ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ is a Surprisingly Nuanced Message About Moving Past Trauma


Review, With Hella Spoilers: 'Life Itself' is This Year's 'Book of Henry,' Another Misguided Attempt at Enraging Melodrama


Review: ‘Where Hands Touch’ is Def Problematic, With Ideas Worth Exploring That Didn’t Need a Nazi Romance to Be Resonant


Review: NatGeo Documentary 'Science Fair' Will Take You on a Journey of Hope and Disgust at Our Country's Education System


The Men in 'The Predator' Botched Standing Up for Olivia Munn, and They Do So in the Damn Movie Itself, Too


We Deserve a Great Adaptation of Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy, and Maybe HBO and the BBC Will Give it to Us?


Review: There's No Sydney Bristow in 'Peppermint,' Just Jennifer Garner Pushing a Conservative Agenda


Review: Even for the Realm of YA Sci-Fi, the Boy-Befriends-a-Gun Storyline of 'Kin' is Pretty Messed Up


Review: 'Skate Kitchen' is Evocative and Entrancing, a Story of Female Skateboarders Carving Their Own Space Despite the Bullshit of Men


Final Thoughts: When It Mattered, 'Sharp Objects' Frustratingly Preferred Women's Pain Instead of Women's Strength


Review: Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek are Just Fine in ‘Papillon,’ a Remake That is Also Fine. Fine! It’s All Fine.


All Work is Women’s Work: Regina Hall in ‘Support the Girls’ and a List of Other Women Being Damn Bosses in Film


Review: Glenn Close is Female Resentment Personified in ‘The Wife,’ a Drama About Individual Ambition and Marriage's Compromises


Revisiting 'The Namesake,' That Other Phenomenally Meaningful Film About Asian-American Life, After the Success of 'Crazy Rich Asians'


True Story: Carded at 'Eighth Grade' at 30 Years Old, Because These R-Ratings for Teen Movies Are Too Damn Serious


Are We Still Doing Big Dick Energy? Because Mark Wahlberg's 'Mile 22' is the Opposite of BDE


Review: Female Stoner Comedy 'Never Goin' Back' is Raunchy and Ridiculous, a Portrait of Girls Behaving Badly and Not Giving a F*ck


Review: 'Crazy Rich Asians' is Glorious, Funny, and Sexy, Successfully Fusing Cultural Specificity and Crowd-Pleasing Romance


Review: Issa Rae's 'Insecure' Returns to HBO With a Third Season Focused on Your Work Self, Your Real Self, and the Messiness of Both


Just a Reminder That Issa Rae is Out Here, Doing the Damn Thing


Review: Adults are the Enemy in the Poignant, Devastating, and Deeply Personal 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'


Status Update: 2018 Movies Directed by Women, What You Should Have Already Watched, and What You Should Watch Next


Do Stories About Female Friendship Need Conflict? An Investigation, Inspired by a Lackluster Response to ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’


Review: Female-Directed 'Night Comes On' is One of the Year's Best, a Story of Revenge, Resilience, and Sisterhood


Spoilers: Netflix’s ‘Extinction’ is Irritatingly Unoriginal, So Much So That Even 95 Minutes Feels Like a Slog


NPR Music Names MIA's 'Paper Planes' the Best Song by a 21st Century Woman, Which is Fine


This Deadline "Men Are Recessive in Movies Now" Column is So Exhaustingly Dumb


'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Never Pretends to Be Anything But What It Is, Which is Goofy, Campy, and Irresistible


Boozing, Baking, and Carb-Loading My Way Through Summer 2018, Because Why the Hell Not


Review: Dwayne Johnson is in Peak Dad Mode in 'Skyscraper,' a Movie Possibly Underwritten by the Duct-Tape Lobby


Review: HBO's Transfixing 'Sharp Objects' Explores Womanhood as Profoundly Dangerous and In Danger


With ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ Filmmaker and Musician Boots Riley Explores the Inherently American Nature of Capitalism and Dissent


Review: Jessica Chastain's 'Woman Walks Ahead' is Well-Meaning But Bland, Another White Savior Among Natives Story


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Review: The Zellner Brothers, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson Team Up for the Delightfully Weird and Feminist As Hell 'Damsel'


Review: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ is Two Hours of Nothing, Unless Superficial Cynicism is Something


Review: With ‘Leave No Trace,’ Filmmaker Debra Granik Revisits Themes of Female Power Years After Her Flawless ‘Winter’s Bone’


Review: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ is a Healing Reminder That Kindness and Goodness Still Exist in Our Nightmarish World


Some Grumpy Questions About 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' A Movie That Is Not Good


Challenging My Expectations for LBGTQI Pop Culture Representation With Ryan Murphy's Nuanced, Evocative, Joyful 'Pose'


Happy Eid al-Fitr! Let Me Tell You About Eid al-Fitr!


Review: ‘Incredibles 2’ Hits All the Right Notes, With Feminist Themes, Crazy Visuals, and, Yeah, a Little Bit of Exceptionalism


A Plea to Sam Claflin: Stop Dying In Your Damn Movies!


Look at These LEWKS! An Ode to Cate Blanchett's Stylish AF Outfits as Lou in 'Ocean's 8'


Review: Great Chemistry From Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle Can't Stop Ian McEwan's 'On Chesil Beach' From Being Misery Porn


There Are Fates Worse Than Death, and That's How 'The Americans' Ends


Looks Like Mark Wahlberg Will Continue His Boring Streak of Hyper-Masculinity With Peter Berg's 'Mile 22'


Family Film 'Show Dogs' Pushes a Plot About Accepting Unwanted Sexual Touching, and Yeah, Parents Are Calling Them Out on That Shit


The Dystopian Future of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ is a Sobering Counterpoint to the Goofy Pop Culture Worship of ‘Ready Player One’


Review: Ramin Bahrani’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ is a Timely and Well-Acted Nightmare Version of Our Reality that Doesn’t Seem Too Far Off


Review: The Chekhov Adaptation ‘The Seagull’ is Mad Depressing, But Is One of the Finest-Acted Films of the Year


As a First-Generation Iranian Muslim, I'm Not Surprised by the 'Roseanne' Episode 'Go Cubs!' But I'm Still Pretty Pissed About It


Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman Apply Their Familiar Formula to the Motherhood-as-Pain Film 'Tully,' Starring Charlize Theron


Duh! 'The Wire' Won Our Best Show of the 21st Century Bracket, and Oral History 'All the Pieces Matter' is a Must-Read


Crazy-Eyed Jonathan Tucker Made His 'Westworld' Debut Sunday, and Hello Yes I Am Paying Attention


Review: Alia Shawkat Rightly Won the Tribeca Film Festival Best Actress Award for Her Work in the Lesbian Romance 'Duck Butter'


Midway Through Its Final Season, Every Damn Character in ‘The Americans’ Seems Destined for Inevitable Tragedy


Amid the Latest Western Genre Resurgence, ‘Lean on Pete’ and ‘The Rider’ Challenge Cowboy Masculinity in the American West


'Ghost Stories' and 'A Ghost Story' Are Similarly Named, But Which is Which? Hint: One is Unsettling Enough Without Casey Affleck


The Hypocrisy of Amy Schumer's 'I Feel Pretty' Is Exhausting, and We Don't Even Get a Makeover Montage!


Hold Up -- Is that 'California Love' Admirer and Former MMA Fighter Urijah Faber in 'Rampage'? It Is! I May Be the Only Person Who Cares!


With 'Nice for What,' Drake Finally Puts Away His Emotions and Lets the Women He Adores Shine on Their Own


‘Ready Player One’ Questions: Ben Mendelsohn’s Weird Teeth? Why Climb Mount Everest with Batman? Sex in the Oasis? And More!


Doing the Damn Thing Ourselves: Female-Led Comedy 'F1' Is the Latest Film Fundraising Campaign We Should Support


All the Things I Would Rather Watch Taraji P. Henson Do Than Be in 'Tyler Perry's Acrimony'


With His Ninth Film, 'Isle of Dogs,' Wes Anderson's Female Collaborators Are Few and Far Between, and It's Getting Kind of Old


With FX's 'The Americans' Returning for a Final Season, Where Did Our Most-Conflicted Spies Leave Off?


Five Years In, A24 Has Staked Its Claim in the Studio System and Benefited Movie Fans By Letting Independent Film Flourish


With Mrs. Who Dropping Lines from Outkast, Rumi, and Chris Tucker, 'A Wrinkle in Time' Widens the Canon of Whom We Consider Quotable


Review: Dark Comedy ‘Gringo’ Uses Its Mexican Location as a Prop and Wastes a Stacked Cast for a Boring Greed-is-Bad Narrative


There's Still Work to Do, But Led by Guillermo del Toro, Latinx Representation Was Out in Force During the Oscars


‘Dee Rees Deserved Better This Awards Season,’ I Screamed Into the Void One Last Time


Joel Edgerton is in 'Red Sparrow' and Joel Kinnaman is in 'Altered Carbon' and They Are Not the Same Person


While Other Networks Keep Punting on Programs about Middle Eastern Culture, Netflix Orders ‘Jinn,’ its First Arabic Original Series


‘Nostalgia’ Casts Onetime Don Draper Jon Hamm to Again Get All Existential About Stuff, But the Film Muses for Too Long


Freeform is Launching a Show About an Environmentalist Feminist Mermaid, Maybe? Am I Understanding This Trailer Correctly?


Review: ‘The Party’ is a Smartly Brief, Well-Acted Entry into the Dinner-Parties-from-Hell Film Genre


Send These Adorable Pop Culture-Themed Greeting Cards for Valentine’s Day and Suffer Through the Damn Paper Cuts


From ‘Buffy' to ‘The Shape of Water’: The Career of Doug Jones, Our Favorite Eerie Tall Guy


With the End of the ‘Maze Runner’ Trilogy, We Also Conclude the Teen Dystopia Film Boom—Finally!


Who Thought the Gigantic, Impressively Bad Fake Tattoo on Matt Czuchry’s Back in ‘The Resident’ was a Good Idea?


With So Many White Guys Playing Brothers and Twins, Which Actors and Actresses Do We Really Want to See Doubled?


Oh Cool, Another Thing to Worry About With Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Movie


Kirsten Dunst is Our Lady of Melancholy in 2017’s Mostly Ignored, Stunningly Imagined ‘Woodshock’


One of the Best Representations of Middle Easterners and South Asians on TV was the Third Season of ‘Mr. Robot’


Michael Stuhlbarg is the Supporting Actor to Appreciate Most in This Year’s Awards Season Fare


Review: David Ayer Does His Typically Heavy-Handed, Testosterone-Fueled Thing With the Impressively Ludicrous ‘Bright’


Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Continues to Work the Johnson-Hart Odd-Couple Vibe in a Reboot That’s Doing Too Damn Much


Review: Christian Bale is a ‘Good Man’ in ‘Hostiles,’ a Film Disinterested in Analyzing Its Own Shortcomings


Black Excellence, Brown Pride, and the Pop Culture Gifts People of Color Gave the World in 2017


Bob Odenkirk is Fantastic in ‘The Post,’ and He Also Shouldn’t Have Been Cast


Wild Assumptions, Apropos of Nothing, from the Trailer for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’


With ‘Mudbound,’ Carey Mulligan Makes Playing the Achingly Unhappy Wife Her Niche


The Failed Sexual Tension in ‘Justice League’ is One of Its Most Glaring Missteps


Review: Greta Gerwig’s Fantastic ‘Lady Bird’ Combines Early Aughts Nostalgia With Profound Emotional Honesty


Julia Robert’s Teeth Are the Secret Weapon of ‘Wonder’


Mel Gibson is the Most Garbage Part of the Already Garbage ‘Daddy’s Home 2’


Have We Quit Matt Damon Yet?


The Hypocrisy of ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Will Ruin Your Childhood Memories


Women in Hijabs Aren’t Your Enemy


The Character Development of ‘Only the Brave’ is Excellent, Unless You’re a Woman


How Would-Be Trump Supporters Tarnished These Eight 2017 Movies








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