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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


Anything Dudes Can Do…

Before anything else: How great is Aubrey Plaza, right? From her droll, intentionally weird character on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” to her killer late-night TV interviews (just watch the last one with Conan O’Brien if you doubt), Plaza is deliciously and completely secure in herself. She alternatingly flaunts and completely masks her sexuality, draws focus to gender conformities and then pisses on them. She’s...

Crisis of Context

I believe it’s a lack of context, not empathy. Because if it’s a lack of empathy, we’re screwed, doomed as a country, culture, maybe even species. The dismissal of the poor as bottom-feeding, system-exploiting moochers comes from not having a full perspective of their actual lives. The racial bigotry inherent in our judicial system would cause outrage if average citizens truly understood the human beings caught up...

Better Orient-ed

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the kind of movie that is released with apologies and finger pointing. After his first solo stint landed with the grace and majesty of a wet fart, odds were stacked against a sequel for Wolvie. But if Hugh Jackman can forcibly warble Les Miserables to more than $400 million worldwide, there is literally nothing he cannot do. And so we get The Wolverine, a movie that pretends X-Men...

Not to Pee in the Pool But…

Quirky, charming dramedies about awkward, white, privileged suburban teenage boys coming of age are legion. It’s almost as though awkward, white, privileged suburban teenage boys went on to run Hollywood, elevating their innocuous and largely insignificant narratives as somehow more important. We get it: people used to make fun of you for being weirdly shaped and now you can buy a private island and make those...

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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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