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Cold War Sizzle

 

Flash Without Flair

 

Finite Jest

 

Missed It By That Much

 

ILY IMF

 

Featherweight Flick

 

No Wright, Still Alright

 

Talking Twinkies

 

A Siren’s Dirge

 

Pity the Privileged

 

Aou Are You Not Entertained?!

“Another epic tale about incredibly powerful beings fighting against one another with melodramatic overtones? Ugh.” – Theater critics in ancient Greece reacting to the latest play about Gods and mortals

Whenever a new cinematic comic book adaptation hits—and, admittedly, it’s becoming a near weekly event—critical reaction divides into two camps: “Yahoo!” and “Poo-Poo.” The Yahooers irritate the Poo-Pooers with...


Machina a Let’s Not Be Gods

Midway through Ex Machina, writer/director Alex Garland’s taut thinker, super genius inventor Nathan (Oscar Isaac) tells human guinea pig Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) that the invention of artificial intelligence was always a matter of when, not if. Here’s a thought: Could we, you know, not invent that? Let’s go ahead and risk missing out on the adorbs squeakin’ n’ beepin’ from R2D2 in order to avoid the first step in...


Thehuntingground College Crisis

There is a moment in the documentary The Hunting Ground when a male college student is tailgating and looks into the camera to complain, in total disbelief, “So just because I have sex with a girl and she said ‘no,’ that makes me a rapist?” Dangerously ignorant mentalities like that are exactly why The Hunting Ground, directed by Kirby Dick (The Invisible War), should not only be required viewing for all incoming...


Paulbart-2dir Think on Your Sins, America

Six year ago, we vibrating-forked over almost $150 million to watch inexplicably bankable star Kevin James flail around a PG-rated comedy about an overweight mall security guard who—get this—took his job as seriously as an actual police officer. Ha! We did that and we have to own it. Now, like a reminder that our past tends to catch up with us, James has stretched the self-righteous security guard joke into a second...


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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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Ricki and the Flash

A cheesy paint-by-numbers family affair buoyed by one of the greatest actresses ever.

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Based on the real story of a writer interviewing a writer. But it's better than it sounds.

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