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Once, Again

 

Speaking of Unholy Abominations…

 

Never Go “Full Arthouse”

 

Ride this Dragon

 

United in Praise

 

Twitter Wars: A New Nope

 

Can Mew Dig It?

 

Fashion Backward

 

Yas, Queens!

 

Beasts of Burden

 

Don’t Make Me Choose!

This is the worst because it’s the best. Let me explain…The only thing worse than years virtually free of good movies are years when I could make a top 10 list from the films I cut from my final top 10 list. What I’m sayin’ is: 2013 was real, real good, y’all.

For the love! American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Her, The Wolf of Wall Street, and August: Osage...


Ron Burgandy is Evil

Arrogant, stupid, sexist, racist, cowardly, delusional, talentless and vile: Ron Burgandy (Will Ferrell) is the villain of both Anchorman and its sequel and nobody seems to remember that. Don’t believe it? He is a newsman who single-handedly kills the news this time out. And this is after he goes to a dinner with his new black girlfriend’s family and calls them “pipe-hittin’ bitches” to their faces. His excuse?...


Breathe in the Smaug

Things you should know by now: (1) All Peter Jackson-directed fantasy films near or top three hours in length; (2) there are deviations from the books because these are movies and not books—I’m told if you would like to read “The Hobbit,” you can still read “The Hobbit”—and (3) Ian McKellen is just the wickedly wizardy best. 

My tolerance for grousing about Jackson overstuffing his Hobitses with new content and...


Evil Nuns and AIDS

Nothing sets the box office ablaze quite like the quiet emotional journey of an 80-year-old Irish woman and a disgraced, pompous British journalist exploring murky ancestry across two continents! Philomena is kind of a tough sell. It’s not a feel-good holiday picture or a tour-de-force acting showcase destined to be christened with Oscar kisses. All the movie has to offer is the fact that it’s really, really good....


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X-Men: Apocalypse

A nonstop mutant fight club with little plot, thin characters and a whole lotta fun!

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