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Matt Hlinak

Matt Hlinak is an administrator at Dominican University, just outside of Chicago. He teaches courses in English and legal studies. His short stories have appeared in 'Sudden Flash Youth' (Persea Books 2011) and several literary magazines. 'DoG' (2012) is his debut novel.Connect on Google+

REVIEW: N.K. Jemisin is on track for more awards with ‘The Obelisk Gate’

The fight to assert one's humanity drives the narrative in 'The Obelisk Gate.' It is not merely a political aspiration but a deeply personal one, making the 'Broken Earth' series never feel polemical. N.K. Jemisin’s characters aren’t symbols; they are complex and conflicted human beings who want only to live in peace. But in the Stillness, as in the real world, sometimes you have to fight for peace.

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REVIEW: ‘Team Foxcatcher’ humanizes its subjects but the full story isn’t told

'Team Foxcatcher' tells the tragic story of Olympic champion wrestler Dave Schultz and his murder at the hands of deranged billionaire John E. du Pont. If that story sounds familiar, it’s because the tragedy was recently dramatized in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (2014). The documentary does much to fill in the gaps—and correct some inaccuracies—from the dramatization, but still contains some significant omissions.

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A scholarly analysis of Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven

With 'Captain America: Civil War' raging in theaters, it is a good time to take a look at the comic that inspired it: Marvel’s 'Civil War' (2006-07) by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Like Frank Miller’s 'The Dark Knight Returns' (1986) and Alan Moore’s 'Watchmen' (1986-87), Civil War pits superheroes against one another in a battle to decide the proper role of super-powered crime-fighters in a democracy.

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