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No-escape-movie-reviews-owen-wilson Sorry, Malaysian Tourism Industry!

No Escape feels like it was written by somebody who violently hates the entire Asian continent. Culled from every xenophobic stereotype, down to the eating of dogs, the film plays like a two hour anti-tourism ad. “Malaysia: You’ll Probably Die Here.” Setting aside the copious and disquieting amount of fairly naked anti-Asian sentiment, No Escape could have been a fun throwback to 80s action thrillers. Instead,...


Best-of-enemies Birth of a Nuisance

A long time ago, in an America far, far away…television news was the most trusted source of information for the public. Weird, right? In the late-60s, the country was embroiled in a heated debate over the conflict in Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement. Television news remained as centered as possible to avoid offending anybody on either side of the political spectrum. After years of floundering in the ratings at...


554142c7801ffcbc36b3266d t-iris-apfel-bruce-weber-cop Minor Bloom

Iris Apfel is a fashion icon, still thriving in her 90s, who wears big sunglasses that are impossible not to describe as owlish. She is still building a world-renowned collection of eccentric clothing and oversized jewelry. She has a loving husband, too…and she leaves her Christmas decorations up for most of the year. That’s all I really know about Apfel, who sure seems like a fun lady but is vastly unexplored in...


Straightouttacompton0002 Myopic Biopic

Biopics are lies. Oh, don’t get me wrong, all storytelling is fundamentally fibbing. But it seems somehow more disingenuous to airbrush actual human histories, to select which warts to ignore and which redemptive moments to exaggerate. Documentaries exist for a reason and, while they too require editing, at least the filmmaker has to show his work. This is a long way of saying what Straight Outta Compton has is...


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No Escape

Don't go to Malaysia. You'll probably die.

GRADE
C-

Best of Enemies

A documentary that shows us where political news coverage all went wrong.

GRADE
B

Iris

A remedial look at a fashion forward icon.

GRADE
C

Straight Outta Compton

A promising but ultimately cliched look at one of the most important groups of modern musicians.

GRADE
C+

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Ricki and the Flash

A cheesy paint-by-numbers family affair buoyed by one of the greatest actresses ever.

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The End of the Tour

Based on the real story of a writer interviewing a writer. But it's better than it sounds.

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