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Birth of a Nuisance

 

Minor Bloom

 

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Cutting Room for August 21, 2015

 

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Kingsman-image Save the World, Do Butt Stuff

Oh, what a beautiful fable Kingsman: The Secret Service weaves! Its moral is clear: If you save the world from a megalomaniac hellbent on eradicating the bulk of humanity, you get to have anal sex with a Swedish princess!

This useless bit of machismo trash is the only thing that captures the latent fratboy misogyny that populates much of the work of comic book author Mark Millar, whose series was the source...


Jupiter-ascending-tatum-kunis-rocket-boots Heaven is Overrated

Recently, I joylessly trudged through the first season of Amazon’s “Transparent,” a show populated with so many soulless, vacuous, obnoxious characters that I began rooting for them to die horrifically. This follows my quasi-traumatic enduring of “Breaking Bad,” an overpraised show about selfish criminal pricks. Grim entertainment populated with antiheroes and assholes is the pop culture trend du jour. And I hate...


Focus-trailer Cons, Vexing

Despite its title and the fact that Will Smith continually mouth-dumps exposition about how pulling a con requires attention to detail, Focus is hella sloppy. It’s not just that genuinely thrilling “who’s playing who” moments bump up against a holistically unbelievable romantic core, it’s that writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa never decided on the movie’s tone. Lithe and funny until it’s leaden and...


Baker4 Cutting Room for May 29

If you love the movies, you’re gonna hate this news (which will need no further explanation): Rick Baker is retiring. For those who don’t know, Rick is the practical effects mastermind who has done everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” With CGI seemingly everywhere, Baker hasn’t had as much of the kind of work he enjoys, so he’s hanging up his fake blood and face paints. Mad Max: Fury Road may...


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The Stanford Prison Experiment

A recreation of the actual experiment that chills but has little new to say.

GRADE
B

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On DVD: Mad Max: Fury Road

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

GRADE
A+

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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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

A reboot of a forgotten property that is way, way better than it deserves to be.

GRADE
B+

Ricki and the Flash

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

GRADE
C+

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