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Since its release a few weeks ago, Tomorrowland has become surprisingly polarizing among film critics who can’t seem to decide if it’s overwhelming sense of optimism is endearing or obnoxious. At the moment, Tomorrowland’s rating on the critic consensus site Rottentomatoes.com sits at a perfectly split 50%, and I’ve seen four or five think pieces just on the polarization itself. As much as I love it when a film can...


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Hand a kid two dinosaur toys. Said kid will not use them to contemplate evolutionary biology. Said kid will smash the two of them together, simulating an epic dino-smackdown while emitting a likely-annoying reptilian howl. Jurassic World is that but with a $150 million budget. Director Colin Treverrow went from quirky indie Safety Not Guaranteed to blockbuster franchise revival faster than you can ask “how many...


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Die Antwoord, a South African rave-rap group composed of rappers Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er, are what some would call an “acquired taste” and others would call “Oh God, no! What is that? Kill it with fire.” If you haven’t seen images of the band, please tell those of us who have seen them what sleeping without night terrors is like. Chappie doesn’t just star Ninja and Yolandi, it’s their movie. Their music is the...


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Melissa McCarthy is immensely talented, armed with a stunning repertoire of acting skills. So, of course, Hollywood sees her and claps its collective hands together, yelling “Make the funny lady fall down again!!” Spy is writer/director (and frequent McCarthy collaborator) Paul Feig’s attempt to save his friend from a Jack Black-ian fate. In a clever conceit, he allows McCarthy to trot out her staid, clichéd usual...


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No Escape

Don't go to Malaysia. You'll probably die.

GRADE
C-

Best of Enemies

A documentary that shows us where political news coverage all went wrong.

GRADE
B

Iris

A remedial look at a fashion forward icon.

GRADE
C

Straight Outta Compton

A promising but ultimately cliched look at one of the most important groups of modern musicians.

GRADE
C+

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