Sleeping With Other People: As Fun As It Sounds, And Just As Messy

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Yes, when it boils down to it, this is a rom-com. And yes, as a result, it uses some common rom-com tropes to reach the conclusion audiences have come to expect from the genre. But let me make this very clear from the get-go: as much as it uses these cinematic devices and bridges dialogue with well-timed, cringe/laugh-inducing sexual innuendos, Sleeping With Other People has a good amount of heart and offers a lot of truth. In fact, I’d say that the biggest stretch from reality comes not at the end but at the very beginning, when the audience is asked to believe that Alison Brie’s character is having difficulty getting a boring TA to sex her up. I don’t buy it.

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Paper Towns: It’s (Mostly) Better On Paper

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Paper towns, full of paper people, living in their paper houses – brought to life.

The latest on-screen adaptation from John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) introduces the uninitiated to Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne) – the coolest, prettiest, and inarguably most popular girl in your average suburban Florida high school. Her free-spirited reputation precedes her by miles, whether or not the stories of traveling in a circus or with a rock band are ultimately true. She’s the type of enigmatic character you’d love to go on an adventure with, but are instead left chasing.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation: Cruise Control Has Never Been So Exciting.

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to overlook the fact that this series would feature dramatically different endings if their missions were, in fact, impossible and instead just sit back and enjoy.

I highly recommend you choose to accept the mission.

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Southpaw: Not Quite ‘Phenomenal,’ But Gyllenhaal Delivers a Knockout Performance

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“The Italian Stallion.”

“The Raging Bull.”

And now, “The Great.” As far as nicknames go, Billy “The Great” Hope is a little lackluster in the creativity department, but articulation isn’t really his thing anyway.

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Trainwreck: Off the rails, but never too far gone.

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Break out your personal juice box of wine and kick up your feet – it’ll be easier to put the proverbial shoe on the other foot.

*Side note: Don’t actually put your feet up, or you may find yourself in a John Cena-esque theater confrontation.

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Ant-Man: Is It Too Late To Change The Name?

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What is this, a movie for ants?

Of all the size jokes I could have made – and many have been made since the film’s release – this seemed most apropos.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Yes, I am fully aware that this film came out roughly two years ago. And, yes, I saw it at that time. BUT, I completely forgot that I had written a review for it and recently rediscovered the file. As a film I thoroughly enjoyed, I figured it’d be okay to share it 100 weeks late.

Lerman brings to life one of literature’s most complex teens.

For most teenagers, high school’s a tough enough place even when you have things pretty well figured out. But when you’re awkward, quiet, and frequently emotional for reasons you can’t understand, it’s downright painful.

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Guardians of the Galaxy


You’re a kid, you just lost your mother, you don’t know your father, and you’re abducted from Earth. Talk about a rough start.

But, as with all superheroes, greatness is born through adversity. And Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Studios is definitely great.

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Let’s Be Cops


Code Four – all clear here.

Touted as this summer’s ultimate buddy cop movie, Let’s Be Cops launches right into a stream of one-liners, cop movie clichés, and situational absurdities without so much as reading your Miranda rights.

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