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Dressed to Cool

 

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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Monsters Vs. Illegal Aliens

Don’t let the generic title of Monsters fool you — it’s really a pretty unique film. With an estimated budget of $800,000, which is the latte and donuts budget for most Hollywood movies, Monsters offers some surprisingly big-time special effects. But the real story behind the film’s creation is its super-cheap on-location guerilla shooting style, in which the film’s crew (one writer/director, two cameramen...


Just Get it Over With

Just Go With It is the latest Dennis Dugan–directed Adam Sandler vehicle. Standing at the ticket counter, the title reads more like a desperate plea for audience members. That probably isn't the case, since it was basically designed to make lots of money. But it’s such a benign and unnecessary movie that it's nice to imagine.

It takes a while to get to the meat of things, but the idea is this: Sandler plays a...


Less Than Some

Devoid of music or dialogue, the opening frames of Somewhere capture a sports car driving repeatedly in a circle for, like, a really long time before the car stops and an obvious douchebag exits the vehicle and stands there … for, like, a really long time. Had writer/director Sofia Coppola rolled credits immediately thereafter, the experience of Somewhere wouldn’t have changed an iota. The remaining 90-some...


Don’t Laugh at Tiny Projections

Oscar pleasure is usually reserved for grouches or award show addicts. As both, one of my favorite weekends has finally arrived: Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (FilmStreams.org) presents its annual screening of the year’s Oscar-nominated short films. These proud members of the itty-bitty cine committee are pint-sized powerhouses proudly packaged together for ease-of-viewing on the big screen. As has...


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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.

GRADE
A+

The Hunting Ground

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

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A+

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