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We Was Smart Once


Crank It Up


Indonesia Amnesia


The M Stands for Middling


Trial and Terror


Men Ruin Everything


Sorry, Malaysian Tourism Industry!


Birth of a Nuisance


Minor Bloom


Myopic Biopic


Line of Suck-session

The nicest thing that can be said about director Roland Emmerich’s White House Down is that it is the second best Die Hard rip-off set in the Presidential estate released in the last four months. Writer James Vanderbilt has piled words as the ancient Egyptians stacked bricks, building a great pyramid of stupidity to serve as a tomb for the dignity of all involved. The sparse few who have publicly admitted their...

Moral Compass-shun

You love Brit Marling.

Admittedly, you may not know it yet. You may not have had a chance to watch her acting A-bombs drop in smaller films like Sound of My Voice or Another Earth. It’s even more likely that you don’t know she co-wrote those films too, demonstrating an intellect that compliments innate talent. But there are only two choices: either you love Brit Marling or you will love Brit Marling. The proof...

Vacant Lots

Writer/director Sofia Coppola has made a movie that says nothing about people with nothing interesting to offer who steal from famous people who do nothing to be famous. And unless you’re a talk-show conspiracy theorist, it’s kind of hard to get too worked up about that much nothing. Playing like the slow, dull sister of Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring exchanges neon decadence and teen sinning for vacant crimes of...

Rich People Party Weird

Are you supposed to review the screenplay in a movie that uses Shakespeare’s original words? Can characters be formulaic and derivative if the writer is the dude who originally derived the formula? Executive decision: Let’s leave The Bard alone and talk about The Beard, which is a nickname no one has ever used for writer/director/lord-of-nerds Joss Whedon but it was a nice parallel and maybe it will stick.


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He Named Me Malala

A documentary about a powerful young woman determined to change the world.



A grim n' gritty thriller about cartel violence that will make you feel ooky.


The Walk

You'll wish he fell.


The Martian

An ode to ingenuity and duct tape.


Pawn Sacrifice

A profile of a mentally ill genius chess player who briefly fought the Cold War alone.


Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

After a somewhat quiet first film, this second adaptation of the postapocalyptic young adult novels goes bonkers.


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The Look of Silence

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A middling found footage horror-comedy that counts as a triumph for this director.


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