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Killing Expectations


Emotion Motion


The Core of Apple’s Man


Less Peak, More Valley


Lower-Case Spielberg


Say Her Name, Say Her Name


Juarez: What Is It Good For?




MacGyver in Space


I Kent Believe It Got Better!

Superman is lame. Fight it all you want to, DC Comic loyalists, but there’s a reason people cheer whenever Batman bests him. Consumed by a fetishized, flag-waving patriotism that makes his status as a full-fledged illegal alien somewhat hilarious these days, Superman is basically an American god. Invulnerable, infallible (at least in terms of his moral compass) and inapproachable to most of us (as we don’t relate...

No Love for this Deuce

It’s about hunters and gatherers: A good documentarian hunts the truth, stalking prey at camera-point, ready to spear any accidental insight and overlooked perspective that is scared out of the bushes. Directors Maiken Baird and Michelle Major are mere gatherers, collecting whatever the legendary Williams sisters drop down to them and presenting it to the audience as if we should be thankful for a feast of rotten...


Let’s talk about rape jokes.

Yes, you’re reading a review for This is the End, a comedy so profane it manages to defile Satan. Think about that for a second; this is a comedy so epically vulgar, so cataclysmically obscene that it defiles the greatest fictional defiler. It is the furthest point on a map from Puritanical. Reviewing a comedy is hard; you don’t want to just repeat and reveal jokes. Besides, the only...

Hippie! Hippie! No Way!

Often culturally glamorized for establishment bucking, innovative musical clucking and free-spirited…lovemaking, the hippie movement of the 70s had a darker edge that tends to be glossed over. Sure, part of the poor remembrance can be blamed on a certain herb’s side effects, but it also speaks to our tendency to reduce history to broad brushstrokes when the real meaning is in the little nuances and decisions of...

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The final chapter in what has been anything but "young adult" content.



A woman and her child trapped alone in a room. That's the plot.



An intimate portrait of the fight for women's voting rights in early 1900s England.



Bond takes a step back, as this blend of cheese and grit does not work.


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