This Is a Movie Review: I Feel Pretty

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CREDIT: Mark Schafer/STX Films

I give I Feel Pretty 4 out of 5 Diffusion Lines: http://newscult.com/movie-review-feel-pretty-mines-humor-self-confidence-cognitive-dissonance/

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This Is a Movie Review: Rampage

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CREDIT: Warner Bros.

I give Rampage 2.5 out of 5 Gorilla Middle Fingers: http://newscult.com/movie-review-rampage-big-big-big-big/

This Is a Movie Review: Truth or Dare

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CREDIT: Peter Iovino/Universal Pictures

I give Truth or Dare 3 out of 5 Creepy Smiles: http://newscult.com/movie-review-classic-game-turns-deadly-sloppy-intermittently-effective-truth-dare/

This Is a Movie Review: Borg vs McEnroe

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CREDIT: Julie Vrabelova/Neon

I give Borg vs McEnroe 3.5 out of 5 Epic Tiebreaks: http://newscult.com/movie-review-borg-vs-mcenroe-serves-electrifyingly-tense-two-biopics-one/

This Is a Movie Review: The Rider

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CREDIT: Sony Pictures Classics

I give The Rider 3.5 out of 5 Ten Gallon Hats: http://newscult.com/movie-review-rider-presents-cowboy-cannot-imagine-life-outside-rodeo/

This Is a Movie Review: The Death of Stalin

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CREDIT: IFC Films

When it comes right down to it, people are just people. This is the thought I have when watching the scene in The Death of Stalin in which a group of officials bumblingly drop the body of the dying Soviet Premier onto a bed. No matter how despotic things get, we are still beholden to our embarrassing physical realities. Alas, when the film starts to regularly show people shot in the head without a second thought, it is hard to remain Zen about the situation.

I saw Death of Stalin at the Alamo Drafthouse, and the pre-show programming included parts of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus episode “The Cycling Tour,” which features Michael Palin bungling his way into being the target of a Russian firing squad, who famously misfire at him from only a few feet away. As I prefer my gallows humor with plenty of goofiness, “The Cycling Tour” is definitely more comfort food for me than The Death of Stalin. That is not to say the latter is unsuccessful. I see what Armando Iannucci is doing, I acknowledge that he has met his goals, I laugh where I can, and then I move on, newly grateful that I live in a society that is not quite so dangerous as 1950s USSR.

I give The Death of Stalin 4 Impossible Promises out of 5 Buggings.

This Is a Movie Review: Blockers

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CREDIT: Quantrell D. Colbert/Universal Pictures

I give Blockers 3.5 out of 5 Sex Pacts: http://newscult.com/movie-review-three-teenage-girls-make-sex-pact-parents-blockers-behaving-badly/

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