Cover Photo: An illustration of a young man watching a film in the movie theater; the screen is framed by rainbow curtains; projected onto the screen is a still from the Tom Hanks film 'The Burbs

When You Hate the Movie Your Lover Loves: On Tom Hanks in ‘The ’Burbs’

It’s easy to think—as Ray does in ‘The ’Burbs’—that you can know a lot about a person from what they value.

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Our online ecosystem runs on the sleight-of-hand which equates “we like the same kinds of things” with “we’re the same kind of people.”

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Manuel Betancourt is a film critic and a cultural reporter based in New York City. His academic work on queer film fandom has appeared in Genre and GLQ, while his work of cultural criticism has been featured in The Atlantic, Film Quarterly, Esquire, Pacific Standard, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is a regular contributor to Remezcla where he covers Latin American cinema and U.S. Latino media culture, and Electric Literature, where he writes about book-to-film adaptations. He has a Ph.D. but doesn't like to brag about it.