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Flash Without Flair

 

Finite Jest

 

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Talking Twinkies

 

A Siren’s Dirge

 

Pity the Privileged

 

Jaegers Bombing

There’s a really, really good chance you know if you like Pacific Rim without ever having seen it. Just close your eyes and ask yourself this question: Does the thought of nearly mountain-sized Transformers wailing away on Godzilla’s uglier stepsisters with rocket punches and wrist swords excite you or do you have no idea what most of the words in the first half of this question mean? If you’re in the first group,...


Let’s Play Memory

Writer/director and generally charming human being Sarah Polley isn’t very coy about the point she’s making with Stories We Tell. It’s all right there in the title; a documentary about how her family remembers key events is referred to as a collection of “stories,” an indication that the veracity of the past is a slippery bugger.

Sarah offers up her life as a lab rat to be dissected for the purpose of...


Tryin’ to Get His Gru-ve On

Dress it up however you’d like: Despicable Me 2 is all about reformed supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) trying to get himself some. Even his three adopted girls are like “dude, you need to get yourself some.” And Gru is all “no, really girls, I’m good with not getting any.” And the girls are all “No, but seriously, dad: Whatever girl is closest in proximity to you. Try to smash that.” And so he does. The end.

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Kemosloppy

Good news, Washington Redskins! For one glorious weekend in the summer of 2013, your unapologetically racist franchise is not the most grotesque pop culture representation of Native Americans! One can only imagine owner Dan Snyder pounding copious shots of “firewater” in celebration when he heard they cast Johnny Depp, a living pinnacle of paleness, as Tonto in The Lone Ranger.

Depp’s hypothetical heritage that...


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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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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

A reboot of a forgotten property that is way, way better than it deserves to be.

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B+

Ricki and the Flash

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

GRADE
C+

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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.

GRADE
B+

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