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Hunger-games-mockingjay-part-2-trailer-jennifer-lawrence Mocking Without Imitation

I love how pissed off people are at parts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Not because I feed on the anger of others. Okay, not just because of that. No, I love it because this franchise that was poo-pooed and tsk-tsked as being “young adult” just completed one of the bravest fictional treatises on the hidden costs of war, the insidious nature of propaganda and martyrdom, the flaws inherent in all political...

Brie-larson-room-01-600x350 Surprise and No Surprise

The MPPA needs a new rule. Before film trailers can be officially released, they must be conditioned with A Clockwork Orange-style aversion therapy to not spoil the films they’re advertising.  Strap them down, ply their eyes opens and subject them to hours and hours of every trailer for the new Star Wars movie on a loop, so that they learn the value of holding back a bit. It’s old news that film trailers reveal too...

Suffragette This Is What Feminism Looks Like

Let’s start where things end: As the list of dates on which countries around the world finally recognized women’s right to vote scrolled at the end of Suffragette, the oxygen was sucked out of the room. 1971, Switzerland? Are you kidding me?! 19-frickin’-71?! Why were your morality and politics as hole-filled as your delicious cheeses?! It was a brilliant way for a sturdy and important-if-sometimes-unartful film to...

Spectre Oh No, Double 0

One time, in a James Bond movie, Denise Richards played a nuclear scientist named Dr. Christmas Jones. It’s just important for everybody freaking out about how Spectre isn’t that great to remember how far away we are from the franchise’s event horizon of bullshit. Not to say that the latest from director Sam Mendes didn’t inch the doomsday clock forward, but we’re still miles away from Defcon Denise, so calm down. ...

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

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