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CIA Meets THC

American Ultra blunts perfectly good stoner humor with too much violence

By Alex Bentley

One of the more annoying movie trends has been to slap the word “American” on the front of titles. Just in recent years there has been American Sniper, American Hustle and, simply, The ...


Influential Rappers

Electrifying Straight Outta Compton documents rise of N.W.A. and shows how little things have changed

By Alex Bentley

The impact that the rap group N.W.A. — or, more specifically, its two most famous members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre — has had on American pop culture is undeniable. Ice Cube is a multi-hyph ...


Comic Book Dud

Younger superhero cast can't harness enough power to revive Fantastic Four reboot

By Alex Bentley

Since audiences around the world have shown to have a seemingly never-ending appetite for comic book movies, studios feel free to serve up reboots time and again. The latest reincarnation to hit th ...


Baa Baa Shaun Sheep

Charming Wallace & Gromit spinoff proves talking is overrated as slapstick and sight gags rule

By Alex Bentley

Of all the animated art forms, stop motion animation is by far the most labor intensive, so much so that it’s a wonder that anybody even attempts it in this day and age. And yet the team at U ...


Cute Only Goes So Far

Even with Sandra Bullock's star power, a little of jabbering Minions goes a long way

By Alex Bentley

The best part of the Despicable Me series has arguably been the minions, the little yellow henchman of the villain Gru who desperately want to help but always seem to hinder instead. When their rol ...


Essential Music Documentary

Powerful Amy Winehouse documentary exposes the ugly reality of celebrity life

By Alex Bentley

The paradox of celebrities in the modern age is that even as they reveal more and more of themselves on Twitter, Instagram and the like, they can still be as unknowable as ever. This is readily app ...


The Terminator is Back

Schwarzenegger doles out Terminator tough love, with help of Game of Thrones star

By Alex Bentley

The Terminator series makes no real sense, plotwise. The entire thing is built on the idea of John Connor, a military leader in the future, sending a soldier, Kyle Reese, back in time to protect hi ...


So Bad It's Laughable

President in peril: Despite stellar cast, action-filled Big Game is so bad, it's funny

By Alex Bentley

If we movie lovers are honest with ourselves, there are many times when our favorite memories involve films that are pretty dumb, especially when it comes to 1980s action movies. Most of them ...


Only the Good Die Young

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl upends expectations with lots of laughs

By Alex Bentley

When it comes to movies about young people, you’d think that young love, partying and other fun things would be the go-to subject matter. Instead, in recent years the trend has been to adapt ...


Emotional Animation

Journey to happiness: Magical Inside Out lifts your emotions — and that's the point

By Alex Bentley

With its first 11 feature films, Pixar accomplished something no other studio could ever match: an unbroken streak of stellar films. Then it put out the universally derided Cars 2, followed by two ...


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