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Let’s Play Memory

Writer/director and generally charming human being Sarah Polley isn’t very coy about the point she’s making with Stories We Tell. It’s all right there in the title; a documentary about how her family remembers key events is referred to as a collection of “stories,” an indication that the veracity of the past is a slippery bugger.

Sarah offers up her life as a lab rat to be dissected for the purpose of...


Tryin’ to Get His Gru-ve On

Dress it up however you’d like: Despicable Me 2 is all about reformed supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) trying to get himself some. Even his three adopted girls are like “dude, you need to get yourself some.” And Gru is all “no, really girls, I’m good with not getting any.” And the girls are all “No, but seriously, dad: Whatever girl is closest in proximity to you. Try to smash that.” And so he does. The end.

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Kemosloppy

Good news, Washington Redskins! For one glorious weekend in the summer of 2013, your unapologetically racist franchise is not the most grotesque pop culture representation of Native Americans! One can only imagine owner Dan Snyder pounding copious shots of “firewater” in celebration when he heard they cast Johnny Depp, a living pinnacle of paleness, as Tonto in The Lone Ranger.

Depp’s hypothetical heritage that...


Unorthodox Orthodox Wedding

Holy Hasidic hot potato, Bat-mensch! Writer/director Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void is an emotionally potent tale about the collision of individualism and tradition, complicated by amorous affections and familial responsibilities. Tightly woven, with nary a wasted scene to be seen, Burshtein’s film never fetishizes the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community it explores. She refuses to treat the community as a microbe...


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Love and Friendship

An Austen adaptation that's a snoozefest, aside from two stinky performances...

GRADE
D

Independence Day: Resurgence

A bloated, unneeded sequel that's more chaos than cheesy fun.

GRADE
D

Central Intelligence

A buddy action movie where the buddies are put backseat to the "action." 

GRADE
B-

Finding Dory

A sequel to Finding Nemo that is pretty much exactly like Finding Nemo.

GRADE
B

Warcraft

An adaptation of a video game that will be enjoyed solely by people who loved that video game.

GRADE
F

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Midnight Special

A kid with weird powers is trying to get somewhere to do something that doesn't quite make sense.

GRADE
B-

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10 Cloverfield Lane

A "Twilight Zone" type tale about a man keeping captives in a bunker at the "end of the world."

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A-

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

A pop culture skewering mocumentary most notable for raunchy songs you'll feel bad about singing...

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B+

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