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Are You Not Entertained?!

 

Let’s Not Be Gods

 

College Crisis

 

Think on Your Sins, America

 

Sexually Transmitted Ignorance

 

The Bacon of Blockbusters

 

Unlucky Harms

 

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Artificially Sweetened Pi

Forget Babe Ruth pointing a stick at bleachers; Life of Pi raises the stakes on “shot-calling” to unprecedented levels. Early on, it is explicitly stated that if the older version of Pi (Irrfan Khan) in the present day does not tell a story that convinces “The Writer” (Rafe Spall)—and by extension, the audience—in the existence of God, it’s a failure. No pressure or anything.

Considering that what follows is a...


A Man Did

A humble suggestion: Force the chittering, self-serving partisans in Washington who increasingly prefer filibusters over floor votes to watch Lincoln. Director Steven Spielberg’s latest provides a character sketch, not of its titular president, but of America’s political process. While hundreds of thousands of sons and fathers killed each other mere miles from where the House of Representatives screamed at one...


Falling Down 12 Steps

The ubiquitous hyperbolic after-school-special-type of dramatization of the perils of alcoholism has lost its teeth; it no longer delivers a social bite so much as it gets drool everywhere. Thus, in many ways, what Smashed wanted to do is something necessary, as we need a reboot of our cultural cautionary tale that ditches the wailing melodrama in favor of the muted reality of modern addiction.

Mary Elizabeth...


Am I Sick?

The moment when the seemingly-perpetually-creepily-coiffed Javier Bardem caresses Daniel Craig’s thigh parts and whispers whatever the supervillain equivalent of a sweet nothing is, using whatever non-geographically distinct accent he uses this time, is the precise moment Skyfall becomes the best Bond film in decades. Why? Because of Bond’s response.

Instead of recoiling, the supersexy superspy responds to a...


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The Surface

An unthrilling thriller that will be soon forgotten.

GRADE
D-

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Mad Max: Fury Road

It's basically "Smash the Patriarchy: The Movie" with really awesome cars.

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A+

Pitch Perfect 2

A bit too obsessed with repeating its predecessor, this sequel still hums a catchy tune.

GRADE
B

The Salt of the Earth

This documentary explores the life of Sebastião Salgado, a photographer whose work documents some of the worst things in human history.

GRADE
A-

Dior and I

This documentary explores the crazy cool science behind fashion.

GRADE
B-

Avengers: Age of Ultron

The gang returns to face a human-hating robotic James Spader.

GRADE
A-

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Ex Machina

A brilliant bit of science fiction that works like a tense stage play.

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A+

The Hunting Ground

A vastly important documentary on America's college sexual assault epidemic.

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A+

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