This Is a Movie Review: Peppermint

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CREDIT: Michael Muller/STXfilms

I give Peppermint 2 out of 5 Shotgun Blasts: http://newscult.com/movie-review-jennifer-garner-little-successful-vigilante-peppermint/

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Every VMA Video of the Year Winner Ranked

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CREDIT: Missy Elliott/YouTube

The 2018 VMA’s were just a couple of weeks, which means I’ve had a hankering to rank every Video of the Year winner from most not-the-best to the very best. And so, here is that ranking?

35. Green Day – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
34. Katy Perry – “Firework”
33. Britney Spears – “Piece of Me”
32. Eminem – “Without Me”
31. Aerosmith – “Cryin'”
30.¬†Eminem – “The Real Slim Shady”
29. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight”
28. Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
27. Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and P!nk ft. Missy Elliott – “Lady Marmalade”
26. Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
25. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”
24. Madonna – “Ray of Light”
23. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
22. R.E.M. – “Losing My Religion”
21. Don Henley – “The Boys of Summer”
20. OutKast – “Hey Ya!”
19. Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
18. Panic! at the Disco – “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
17. The Cars – “You Might Think”
16. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
15. Beyonce – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
14. Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
13. Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
12. Neil Young – “This Note’s for You”
11. van Halen – “Right Now”
10. Beyonce – “Formation”
9. Rihanna ft. Jay-Z – “Umbrella”
8. TLC – “Waterfalls”
7. INXS – “Need You Tonight/Mediate”
6. Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
5. Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”
4. Dire Straits – “Money for Nothing”
3. Pearl Jam – “Jeremy”
2. Missy Elliott – “Work It”
1. Peter Gabriel – “Sledgehammer”

Agree? Disagree? Confused? Let me know!

This Is a Movie Review: The Little Stranger

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CREDIT: Nicola Dove/Focus Features

I give The Little Stranger 3 out of 5 Repressed Memories: http://newscult.com/movie-review-little-stranger-obscure-gothic-horror-english-manor/

This Is a Movie Review: Searching

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CREDIT: Sebastian Baron/Screen Gems

I give Searching 4 out of 5 File Folders: http://newscult.com/movie-review-searching-achieves-intimacy-screen-based-storytelling/

This Is a Movie Review: The Happytime Murders

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CREDIT: Hopper Stone/STXfilms

I give The Happytime Murders 3.75 out of 5 Puppet Carpets Matching the Drapes: http://newscult.com/movie-review-happytime-murders-combines-noir-mystery-wonderfully-inventive-crude-puppet-gags/

This Is a Movie Review: Support the Girls

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CREDIT: Magnolia Pictures

I give Support the Girls 3 out of 5 Crop Tops: http://newscult.com/movie-review-support-girls-low-key-look-ins-outs-curvy-family-sports-bar/

This Is a Movie Review: The Meg

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CREDIT: Warner Bros.

The Meg‘s reported production budget is at least $130 million, but it sure does not look like it. Oh, it’s certainly professionally made, but you can see it cutting corners in a manner typical of cheapie SyFy creature features. Characters sit around in a submersibles and wait for something to happen, the settings are often confined locations, and the big set piece with a bunch of extras is a little light on mayhem. But while all those dollars may not be visible, The Meg does have enough of a sheen that justifies projecting it on the big screen. Ultimately, it’s disposable, but eminently watchable. Jason Statham spears a giant shark in the eye, Rainn Wilson provides the comic relief (and gets his comeuppance, even though I don’t think he really deserves any comeuppance), everyone on the boats seem like to each other, and they shout crazy exclamations when they’re in imminent danger. Also, there’s a Thai cover of Toni Basil’s “Mickey.”

I give The Meg 15 Chomps out of 25 Overboard.

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