Manuel Betancourt
Manuel Betancourt

Manuel is a NYC-based writer interested in all things media and pop culture. He's a regular contributor to The Film Experience, Remezcla, Slant Magazine, and his work has been featured in Film Comment, Model View Culture, and PopMatters. He also has a PhD but hates bragging about it.

Aug. 4, 2016

Viola Davis is the best — and only — reason to see 'Suicide Squad'

Davis is the only one who nails the tricky tone of this anti-hero team film.

July 15, 2016

Disney's New Latina Princess Is the Right Girl for a Multicultural World

She epitomizes the very diversity found in Latin American cultures — emphasis on the plural.?
June 17, 2016

'Suited' Takes You Into the World of LGBTQ-Friendly Bespoke Suits

Lena Dunham produced the new documentary, premiering Monday on HBO.
June 15, 2016

Most Radical Thing About ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Is Its Latina Characters

'Orange Is the New Black' not only reclaims the gritty strength of its characters, but balances it out with their vulnerabilities.
April 21, 2016

Groundbreaking Installation '6x9' Uses VR to Simulate the Perils of Solitary Confinement

Once the VR headset is on, any sense of comfort disappears.

April 20, 2016

How "The Whiteness Project" Makes People Grapple With Privilege

The Tribeca Film Festival installation is as infuriating as it is enlightening.
March 31, 2016

'Archer' Is the Most Sexually Progressive Show on Television

'Archer' offers a more expansive a vision of sexuality than anything else on cable.
Feb. 28, 2016

Watch Amber Rose, Jordin Sparks and More Take on Sexist Beliefs About Sex

The show is most insightful when the male hosts sit back and welcome guests into the conversation.
Feb. 25, 2016

The Problem With How Hollywood — and the Oscars — Treat Sex in Movies

Sex positivity, as it turns out, is rare in serious-minded, Oscar-winning films.
Feb. 22, 2016

Samantha Bee's ‘Full Frontal’ Puts a Feminist Spin on Insult Comedy

She's using it as a deadly, feminist weapon.

Feb. 5, 2016

Representation Is a Trend on TV — But Not Network TV

"Welcome to diverse TV" — as long as it's not network TV.
Jan. 14, 2016

More Women Writers Were Nominated for Oscars This Year

A mixed year for women.
Jan. 13, 2016

'American Crime' Is Taking on Male Rape — And That's Revolutionary

It's an underrepresented story.
Dec. 14, 2015

'Creed' Reveals the Gender Politics of Crying at Movies and "Manly Tears"

Manly tears are an ironic pose designed to process emotions.

Nov. 20, 2015

Like Music Videos, Movie Trailers Are Now All About the GIFs

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has yet to open, but already its breakout star is BB-8.
Nov. 17, 2015

Hollywood's Ageism Is Most Obvious in One Kind of Character: Moms

How old are the moms in movies?
Nov. 6, 2015

'Please Like Me' Is the Best Show About Mental Illness You're Not Watching

It's a deft comedy tackling mental illness head-on with its signature awkward sense of humor.
Nov. 4, 2015

2015 Has Been One of the Best Years Ever for Movies Written by Women

Not every film written by a woman needs to be a success.