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Killing Expectations


Emotion Motion


The Core of Apple’s Man


Less Peak, More Valley


Lower-Case Spielberg


Say Her Name, Say Her Name


Juarez: What Is It Good For?




MacGyver in Space


Pawn sacrifice We Was Smart Once

Modern Americans reelected a man who plunged the country into two wars, tortured people and destroyed our economy, all because George W. Bush was the kind of guy you’d “like to have a beer with.” But for a brief moment in 1972, America rooted for the smart guy. To be fair, it was under the cloudy, Cold War spectre of thermonuclear annihilation, so it wasn’t all sugar and sparkles. But in the years since Bobby...

Maze-runner Crank It Up

There are three perfect scenes in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Not “good” scenes. Not “great” scenes. Three perfect scenes. Now, as a whole, The Scorch Trials is not a perfect movie. Nor is it a great one. But it is very good, and most of that has to do with director Wes Ball who wrangled derivative, cliched content into a thrilling, emotionally captivating adventure-gasm.

If you haven’t seen or read the first...

Lookofsilence Indonesia Amnesia

As soon as I finished The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer’s stunning documentary about an Indonesian genocide, I had but one thought: Sequel! I mean, the franchise possibilities for a soul-crushing look into the horrors of which humanity is capable is just through the roof, am I right?! Admittedly, news that Oppenheimer would be releasing a follow-up covering the same content, The Look of Silence, was...

The visit The M Stands for Middling

For the first time in over a decade, director M. Night Shyamalan has made a film that won’t end up on many “worst of the year” lists come late-December…but will probably be forgotten by early next week. The Visit is a horror film presented in the cheap “found footage” style that dominated the genre just a few years ago before disappearing overnight, with the exception of a couple low-key franchises. After the string...

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

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