What’s your favorite fictional religion?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d

Frances McDormand isn't explaining herself in an exclusive clip from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

One of the pleasures of Martin McDonaugh’s new drama, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is getting to see Frances McDormand spar with just about every other actor on screen. McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a bereaved mother waging war on the small-town police department that’s failed to solve her daughter’s…


Stranger Things 2 keeps its “strong female characters” apart from one another, like every Hollywood genre property

One feminist sound bite that has emerged loud and clear over the past few years is that genre stories need more “strong female characters.” And that’s true. According to one 2017 study of 900 top films, “there were on average 2.3 male characters for every woman, with no meaningful change from 2007 to 2016.” But as