BB-8 rolling review 

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Revisiting and Remixing a Galaxy Far Far Away…

J.J Abrams had his work cut out for him. By design, Star Wars: The Force Awakens demands to be judged by more criteria than most movies, yet how well it stands on its own is, surprisingly, least relevant of them. The film juggles the many responsibilities of being a remix/reboot emphasizing the most beloved elements of the classic trilogy, a clean jumping-on point for a new and expanding global audience, and a satisfying new chapter in an expanding saga (or at least better than the shitty prequels), 

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Trainwreck - Amy Schumer and Bill Hader review 

TRAINWRECK – A Surprisingly Smooth Ride

Trainwreck is like Knocked Up… but if you replaced Seth Rogen as the Reigning Loser of an Everyman Protagonist, with Amy Schumer as the Rising Queen of Losers. Both movies, like their stars, are hilariously and depressingly earnest. They remind us about what we love and hate about ourselves, what it’s like to be young, dumb, and selfish, and how hard it can be to grow up. And they’re both funny as hell.

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Ant-Man running with ants review 

ANT-MAN – A Little Adventure With Big Heart

Fear not, Marvel aficionados. Ant-Man is just as fun, and awesome, and weird, as you have hoped! Is it as perfect a blend of high-adventure and comedy as Edgar Wright would have done? … No. Not quite. But Peyton Reed does an admirable job with the material, working with a hero who’s both hilarious, and hilariously awesome. The movie starts out a tad uneven, with some flat jokes and awkward interactions, but finds its footing by the second act, and soars once the action picks up.

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Channing+Tatum+as+Magic+Mike+dancing+in+his+workshop review 

MAGIC MIKE XXL – Dancing into Our Hearts (and Pants) Yet Again

Girls, you owe it to yourself to go see Magic Mike XXL. It’s a movie about a world where the needs and desires of women is a high priority on the minds of men. Men, you owe it to women to go see Magic Mike XXL. It will teach you more about what women want than the Mel Gibson movie ever did. It will show you a world where men treat women, not just as sexual equals, but as capable humans with hopes, fears, and dreams. It will show you a world where these same men treat each other that way.

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Riley's+emotions+viewing+a+memory review 

INSIDE OUT – Pixar Delves Deeper

INSIDE OUT is one of Pixar’s finest films, and there is little higher praise I could give a film than that. Though I still prefer UP for its deep symbolism and mature message, and the Toy Stories have a more iconic cast, I believe that the argument could be made that INSIDE OUT is Pixar’s most meaningful and skillfully crafted film yet. It approaches a premise and message as convoluted and complex as the human mind, and somehow, effortlessly streamlines it into a narrative so simple and human that any…

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Melissa+McCarthy+and+Miranda+Hart+get+excited+in+Spy review 

SPY – Proficiency is More Than Skin Deep

I’m pretty sure there is a 1:1 correlation between the people who love Melissa McCarthy and people who will really enjoy SPY. It’s pretty much a vehicle designed to cram all the Melissa McCarthy they can into a film, in all her different iterations. Do you like seeing her insecure and timid side? She’ll warm you up with that. Do you like seeing her viciously tear into some fools with a string of expletives that would reduce Kanye West to tears? Yup. She does that too. She’ll even go a…

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Max+dragging+his+chains+as+the+wives+look+on,+terrified review 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – An Unexpected Masterpiece of Adrenaline

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is metal as fuck. It’s the purest and one of the best straight action films I’ve seen. While the film rarely takes a breath during its two hour runtime, the little snippets of characterization provide compelling reasons to root for the heroes, and even sympathize with its villains. Also, while I don’t know if you could call it a “feminist piece”, it handles a surprising wealth of female characters with incredible grace, never falling prey to the genre’s most common failings of damseling its women or…

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Interviewing Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina review 

EX MACHINA – Digital Humanity

First things first. You need to see EX MACHINA! It’s one of those thrillers that can’t easily be summed up in a trailer, (and its trailers will, in fact, spoil the movie for you). A description of the plot may also seem shrug-worthy, though the simplest synopsis is that the Turing Test is performed. (*a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior or indistinguishable from, that of a human.) The film makes the absolute most of its premise, and ultimately asks the most important question a story can, “What…

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Avengers Age of Ultron hero shot review 

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – “I’m Calling Veronica”

Do you like roller coasters? Do you like Marvel movies? If you answered “yes” to both of these, AGE OF ULTRON is going to be a hella good time for you! Go see it. Now. You’ll probably want to ride it again as soon as you’re through. If your answer was “no” to either of those, or you’re concerned with the film’s currently measly 75% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, let me address the concerns. Roller Coasters: This film has 6 protagonists when it starts, and the number only grows from…

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