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One obvious Direction in Spurlock’s documentary

Despite the protests of director Morgan Spurlock, maker of award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries like “Super Size Me” and “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” his newest feature “One Direction: This Is Us” is a movie designed only to make money. And if you know anything about One Direction, the most
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Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher lacks depth

One of the hardest parts of watching a movie about a person who was a notoriously awful human being is that you have to suffer through their on-screen misdeeds. The 1970 classic “Patton” portrays a half-psychotic general who slapped around war-traumatized soldiers coming back from the front, pairing his military
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Aaron Sorkin opts for male gaze over sincere representation of women

Women are consistently misrepresented in "The West Wing" and "The Newsroom"

At the end of an interview with writer Sarah Nicole Prickett in June of last year, screenwriter and HBO “Newsroom” showrunner Aaron Sorkin cracked. Rising from his seat, he told Prickett (who was on assignment for the nearly 160-year-old Toronto-based Globe and Mail): “Listen here, Internet girl … It wouldn’t
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‘Orange is the New Black’ is arrestingly funny

Jenji Kohan has it on lock with follow-up to 'Weeds'

“Women in television” — and, particularly, the “Can women be funny?” question — is a very tired conversation now. It’s been done and dissected, and now, it should be put in the kitchen, where it can keep silent and make me sandwiches. And yet it keeps cropping up because, joking
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‘Lovelace’ doesn’t go deep enough

Film about porn fails to penetrate

Like a lot of porn, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Lovelace” is anticlimactic, aimless and extremely unsexy. The film follows the young Linda Boreman (Amanda Seyfried), better known as “Linda Lovelace,” who left her repressive Catholic parents (played by Robert Patrick and Sharon Stone, unrecognizable in an excellent yet entirely
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‘Elysium’ looks pretty, lacks depth

The last time we saw Neill Blomkamp, he was fresh off the success of “District 9,” the 2009 summer sleeper hit that combined slick visuals and action with biting social commentary. Four years ago seems like an awfully long time. “Elysium” is a good movie the same way “Twilight” is
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