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Rushlights

As far as dumb ideas go, impersonating your dead junkie roommate to collect a mysterious inheritance from a shady lawyer is pretty high up there. But the protagonists of the moronic thriller Rushlights don’t seem to see anything wrong with it, at least not until they are in way over their heads and being targeted […]

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The 10 Best Gross-Out Comedies of All Time

They are rude, crude, and lewd. They represent wit reduced down to its most primal basic elements. It’s an audible fart in a closed elevator, an inebriated debutante barfing all over her shocked socialite parents. It’s an accident in your pants, the sounds of sloppy sex emanating from the other side of a seedy motel […]

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Amour

Like Werner Herzog before him, Michael Haneke is a student of human nature. Not only the way we act as individuals but the very nature of our human “being.” From his confrontational Funny Games to the brutal beauty of The White Ribbon, his is a vision in which the seemingly innocuous and normal wind up […]

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Man of Steel

This isn’t your father’s Superman. This isn’t your older brother’s Superman. Frankly, we’re not quite sure whose Superman this is. After the undeniable success of his Batman reimagining, DC studio Warner Bros. clearly believed that Christopher Nolan was the man to bring America’s original superhero back from entertainment exile (then again, didn’t they think the […]

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The Bling Ring

As the soundtrack booms with an onslaught of undeniably body-grooving alt-funk and the camera obsessively pans from one overstuffed collection of prestige “valuables” to the next, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring announces itself with the sort of too-cool, Gen-Y hipster gusto that exemplifies its vapid, villainous characters. The ensuing film functions as a window into […]

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This Is the End

It simultaneously does and doesn’t seem right to use lofty superlatives to describe This Is the End, since the film is so determined to be reckless and crass, but it is also, frankly, ingenious. So I shall let the superlatives fly: This Is the End is a blissfully anarchic blast of inside Hollywood barbs, blood-curdling ultra-violence, and gut-busting […]

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The Absurdity of Nonsensical Movie Tie-ins

If you’ve turned on your television lately, you’ve probably noticed something odd and disturbing. No, I’m not talking about Duck Dynasty. A recent commercial for Swiffer mops prominently features characters from Pixar’s newest movie, Monsters University. (Or was it a commercial for Monsters University that prominently featured Swiffer mops?) Subway is running ads incorporating clips from Iron Man […]

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Dirty Wars

A secret army of helicopter-borne ninjas and remote-controlled missiles that answers only to the president and is authorized to strike with deadly speed and overwhelming force anywhere in the world that it damn well pleases. That’s the thumbnail take on the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) from Dirty Wars, a hyperventilating new documentary that muffles […]

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