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We Was Smart Once


Crank It Up


Indonesia Amnesia


The M Stands for Middling


Trial and Terror


Men Ruin Everything


Sorry, Malaysian Tourism Industry!


Birth of a Nuisance


Minor Bloom


Myopic Biopic


Shooting Mouths

It was Mark Twain who separated the act of untruth into three categories: “lies, damned lies and statistics.” Writer/director Thomas Vinterberg and cowriter Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking) make a case for a fourth category with Jagten (The Hunt): “lies about molestation.” It’s a type of lie that’s so vile, it shouldn’t be mixed in the general population with the other lies out of a fear for safety.

In The Hunt,...

Pirates of Care and Well-Being

Danish writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s Kapringen (A Hijacking) is sure to make Tom Hanks’ upcoming Captain Phillips look like a pleasure ride on the Good Ship Lollypop. In places that unofficially celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” the term brings to mind Johnny Depp’s ambiguously sexual Keith Richards’ drag act. But for a good portion of the world, the word pirate does not conjure mascara-laden eyes and a...

Title Lies

Another slobbery wet kiss to white privileged coming of age, The Spectacular Now asks us to believe, among other implausible things, that Shailene Woodley, one of People Magazine’s 2012 “Most Beautiful People at Every Age,” is some kind of Annie-Average-Plain-Jane.  Look, nobody expects sensitivity or realism from Hollywood, but encouraging average young women across America to believe this is the cultural...

“This Isn’t a Comic Book”

Writer/director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 is “morning radio shock jock” offensive, which is a thematic departure from the source material written by Mark Millar. But is it better to flinch from the vile, reprobate, misogynistic glee of Millar’s comic miniseries or to be a limp, confused juvenile offender, flipping off passing cars and then running away when they stop? There is something truly horrifying and...

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He Named Me Malala

A documentary about a powerful young woman determined to change the world.



A grim n' gritty thriller about cartel violence that will make you feel ooky.


The Walk

You'll wish he fell.


The Martian

An ode to ingenuity and duct tape.


Pawn Sacrifice

A profile of a mentally ill genius chess player who briefly fought the Cold War alone.


Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

After a somewhat quiet first film, this second adaptation of the postapocalyptic young adult novels goes bonkers.


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The Look of Silence

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The Visit

A middling found footage horror-comedy that counts as a triumph for this director.


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