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Better Orient-ed

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the kind of movie that is released with apologies and finger pointing. After his first solo stint landed with the grace and majesty of a wet fart, odds were stacked against a sequel for Wolvie. But if Hugh Jackman can forcibly warble Les Miserables to more than $400 million worldwide, there is literally nothing he cannot do. And so we get The Wolverine, a movie that pretends X-Men...


Not to Pee in the Pool But…

Quirky, charming dramedies about awkward, white, privileged suburban teenage boys coming of age are legion. It’s almost as though awkward, white, privileged suburban teenage boys went on to run Hollywood, elevating their innocuous and largely insignificant narratives as somehow more important. We get it: people used to make fun of you for being weirdly shaped and now you can buy a private island and make those...


Focus on What’s Impotent

Writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn is about to lose half his fans. The ones who saw Ryan Gosling in Drive and immediately bought (or had their moms make) scorpion jackets are about to find out that canonization of a violent antihero wasn’t really what Refn was after. If there’s any doubt, watch what happens in Only God Forgives to another Gosling-played underworld dweller who bathes in neon and silently projects...


Albee There

Satre was almost right. Hell isn’t just other people; it’s other people at a dinner party. If you’ve been bad, you can look forward to small talk with Satan for all of eternity, while all around you couples in the middle of a tiff are being passive aggressive. Just spitballing here, but the music is John Mayer and the wine is in a box.

Between Us is Edward Albee’s classic play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”...


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No Escape

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

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Best of Enemies

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

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B

Iris

A remedial look at a fashion forward icon.

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C

Straight Outta Compton

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

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C+

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