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  • Dis-Topian Fiction
  • Dis-Topian Fiction

    Visions from a not-so-improbable future where Disney owns everything. No, seriously. Everything.
      "Han Solo is totally gonna friggin' kick Captain Kirk's ass! You saw it here first!"
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  • The Rage of Innocence
  • The Rage of Innocence

    Brian Banks tells a cruel and true story with too little righteous anger.
      There's a lot here to make the thinking, compassionate citizen furious.
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  • Setting Sail
  • Setting Sail

    Maiden celebrates women refusing to stay where they're told they belong.
      But no crew would take her on: Women were bad luck, went the conventional wisdom, or too much of a distraction, or some such bullshit.
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  • Nothing's Gonna Change My World
  • Nothing's Gonna Change My World

    Yesterday posits a Beatles-free universe that hasn't changed nearly enough.
      How would "Eleanor Rigby" or"Let It Be" land today? The Beatles' songs exist in a bizarre vacuum here, literally excised from the social and artistic environment in which they were written, performed and received.
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  • The Banality of Evil
  • The Banality of Evil

    The Brink captures Steve Bannon as a depressingly familiar monster.
      ForThe Brinkis a documentary portrait of Donald Trump's propagandist, chief strategist and architect of the Muslim ban, Steve Bannon—and, perhaps, a last-gasp attempt by its human-dumpster-fire subject to demonstrate his relevance and importance.
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  • Zero to Hero
  • Zero to Hero

    Shazam! reduces comic-book heroism to its adolescent- male power-fantasy essence.
      And what does he do with this unexpected boon? He mostlyshows up school bullies, buys beer, goes to a strip club and goofs around with his foster brother (Jack Dylan Grazer) exploring the extent of his superpowers, to the point where he sometimes putsinnocent people in danger.
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  • Family Plot
  • Family Plot

    Asghar Farhadi can't meld his trademark humanism with potboiler mystery in Everybody Knows.
      His are films swelling with deep humanity, delicately wrought portraits of broken families struggling to right themselves, in which notmuch actually happens except our immersion in the lives of others.
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Movie Reviews: Pet Sematary, Shazam, Dragged Across Concrete, The Best of Enemies Movie Reviews: Pet Sematary, Shazam, Dragged Across Concrete, The Best of Enemies Mapplethorpe, The Public, Storm Boy, The Hummingbird Project April 05, 2019
The Devil's Double The Devil's Double Cheap, tawdry & pointless flick August 26, 2011

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