New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: Well-Worn Clichés Get Shiny New Packaging in Bullet Train

There are few things as annoying as a firm belief in your own edginess, but nearly every damn movie now, regardless of genre, feels obligated to stake a self-righteous claim in inclusion as a kind of essential ingredient for modern filmmaking. It’s not exactly a bad thing, but when you regard diversity as a trend that must be adhered to for success, not as something which should be a given, old prejudices tend to be repackaged to a disturbing degree.

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