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That Boy Ain’t Right

 

Awake My Soul

 

‘Tis the Summer of This Content

 

Crawl for Your Oscar, Leo

 

Super Bad, Man

 

Ethics, Unchallenged

 

Stuck in a Bunker With You?

 

Run! It’s Super-ISIS!

 

Hype Damned

 

I Can’t Believe They Went Hare

 

Shooting Mouths

It was Mark Twain who separated the act of untruth into three categories: “lies, damned lies and statistics.” Writer/director Thomas Vinterberg and cowriter Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking) make a case for a fourth category with Jagten (The Hunt): “lies about molestation.” It’s a type of lie that’s so vile, it shouldn’t be mixed in the general population with the other lies out of a fear for safety.

In The Hunt,...


Pirates of Care and Well-Being

Danish writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s Kapringen (A Hijacking) is sure to make Tom Hanks’ upcoming Captain Phillips look like a pleasure ride on the Good Ship Lollypop. In places that unofficially celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” the term brings to mind Johnny Depp’s ambiguously sexual Keith Richards’ drag act. But for a good portion of the world, the word pirate does not conjure mascara-laden eyes and a...


Title Lies

Another slobbery wet kiss to white privileged coming of age, The Spectacular Now asks us to believe, among other implausible things, that Shailene Woodley, one of People Magazine’s 2012 “Most Beautiful People at Every Age,” is some kind of Annie-Average-Plain-Jane.  Look, nobody expects sensitivity or realism from Hollywood, but encouraging average young women across America to believe this is the cultural...


“This Isn’t a Comic Book”

Writer/director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 is “morning radio shock jock” offensive, which is a thematic departure from the source material written by Mark Millar. But is it better to flinch from the vile, reprobate, misogynistic glee of Millar’s comic miniseries or to be a limp, confused juvenile offender, flipping off passing cars and then running away when they stop? There is something truly horrifying and...


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Keanu

Like John Wick but with a cat and more jokes than bloody head wounds.

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First Monday in May

A propaganda-documentary about an industry with some pretty bad race issues...

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