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You Keep Using That Word…

 

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Lewd, Rude Food, Dude

 

Mason, You Ignorant Slut

 

Syrek Sucks on Suicide Squad

 

Disneyfied and Simplified

 

Good Bad Guys or Bad Bad Guys?

 

Omahollywood

 

Nun Too Soon

 

Leni Riefen-stalling

On the one hand, any film subtitled “Part 1” is a naked cash grab. On the other hand, shut up and take my money, Hunger Games. Mockingjay Part 1, like the rest of the franchise, is billed as “Young Adult” fare. Because what hormonal “young adult” doesn’t constantly think about the role of media-savvy propaganda in influencing dissidents to provoke regime change rallied around a hesitant figurehead? If you’re keeping...


Two-days-one-night-stars-marion-cotillard-as-a-factory-worker-trying-to-keep-her-job Please Sir, May I Have My Job?

Sit down, Sartre, writers/directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne get it a bit more right: Hell isn’t just other people. Hell is asking other people to surrender their bonuses so you can keep your job. Two Days, One Night is a harrowing social allegory, a dramatic minimization of a growing socioeconomic reality. The bosses of the world are greedily devouring an ever-expanding amount of wealth, leaving the...


Mr-turner How to Have a Magnificent Period

Although the amount of excess carbon that human beings are introducing into the atmosphere will undoubtedly lead to the catastrophic side effects of global climate change in the near future, period costume dramas are the worst thing happening to the world right now. Despite their exploration of the same sterile, usually white, usually wealthy, usually British societies time and time again, this zombie genre refuses...


Oopsie Genius

I know two things for sure: (1) Birdman aims to relentlessly drive home one singular point, one thoroughly expressed thesis about life and art. (2) It does not succeed. You would think that would make the work of writers Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo and writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu a total misfire. Not so fast, my fine-feathered friends. Despite its lack of clarity, conflicting...


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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

A classically "Herzog-ian" documentary about the Internet.

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A slow-burn movie about sexual awakening that never catches fire.

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Under the Sun

A stealth documentary about North Korea that's among the year's best.

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Sentient food do really gross things in this potent satire.

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