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Computer Chess

Subtle and mesmerizing, Computer Chess informally meditates on the nature of consciousness, our capacity for comprehension, and group sex. Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax) convincingly places us in the early ’80s where a few dozen young computer scientists from various prestigious universities (as well as one outspoken maverick with serious social boundary issues named […]

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The Kings of Summer

So breezy that it threatens to blow apart entirely, the coming-of-age dramedy The Kings of Summer has some sweet moments but ends up feeling wholly inconsequential. The self-consciously quirky supporting characters take away from the emotional impact of the central story, about teenage best friends Joe (Nick Robinson) and Patrick (Gabriel Basso), who decide to […]

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The 10 Greatest Cinematic Headtrips of All Time

Sometimes, a movie can make you mad. In other instances, it can cause you to alter your entire life. Sure, cinema tweezes our emotions, making us laugh, cry, cheer, and/or sneer at the drop of a directing credit, but when a film goes beyond this, when it actually moves from making your think to blowing […]

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Beyond the SeaWorld: An Interview with Gabriela Cowperthwaite and John Hargrove of “Blackfish”

Using the 2010 death of veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau as its narrative base, the documentary Blackfish proceeds to examine the water park’s pathetic treatment of killer whales, including Tilikum, the beloved creature that killed Brancheau during a show. “I don’t want people to walk away terrorized,” says Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the film’s director. She also […]

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RED 2

Remember RED? The awkward action comedy from a few years back which saw aging ex-spies battle each other (and a much younger contingent) to prove youth doesn’t always equal ability? Frankly, neither do I, and after sitting through the sorry sequel RED 2, I am pretty sure I have now forgotten almost anything I might […]

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Only God Forgives

Ryan Gosling doesn’t say much in his second collaboration with Drive filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. He’s busy looking into the middle distance like a wounded child and occasionally erupting into violence. “Wanna fight?” is about the extent of his verbal skills. For all his cut-from-granite movements and dead-eyed staring, he may as well be Jean-Claude […]

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