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August 2nd, 2015

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Let the Fire Burn **1/2 It’s a known fact that black men are targeted by the police. If you happen to be male and black, you are more likely to be harassed, beaten, arrested, and killed. Is this unfair to black men? Obviously. Is it racist? Not necessarily. The majority of black men who are law abiding are being punished because a significant minor...

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No No: A Dockumentary ***1/2 Drugs destroyed baseball. Cheaters like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds transformed dirty needles into home runs at the expense of fairness and decency. To this day, A-Rod continues to sully the record books with his drug-tainted milestones. I don’t believe any of that. When people denigrate modern baseball, their implicat...

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Timbuktu ***1/2 Nominated for last year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar Hey, let’s ban smoking in public places! Let’s make it illegal to curse in front of a child! Let’s arrest people who throw loud dance parties after 10 p.m.! No. No. No. The natural tendency of humanity is to make more and more rules. People want to prohibit every little thing that is...

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Red Army **** The most popular sporting events in the world are international competitions like the Olympics and the World Cup. Not to me, though. I have almost zero interest in those events. And if I do end up watching, I always root against the United States. “Whoa, Max! You root against us?! Do you hate America or something?” No, quite the contr...

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Alexandria ***1/2 We live in a world of luxury and comfort and technological advancement. It would be logical to think that progress is the natural order of things. It seems like the story of history should be a tale of ever-expanding knowledge and scientific know-how. Nope. Not even close. History isn’t a straight-line toward anything. History is...

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We Were Here *** Woody Allen was asked if he could live in any era of human history, which time would he choose. Allen said he’d live now because of antibiotics. Many people don’t appreciate, as Woody Allen does, how fortunate we are to have been born in the mid to late 20th Century. Thanks to 19th Century advancements in plumbing and sewage and 20...

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Hot Girls Wanted ***1/2 The first pornography was produced 10,000 years ago, when a man drew a crude picture of the woman he liked on the inside of a cave for his pleasure. The caveman hoped that the rest of the village didn’t walk in on him while he was enjoying the picture. In 2000, I walked into a newsstand on Main St. to buy a porno mag. I hope...

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Fed Up *** When I stopped growing at age 16, I made a lifetime commitment to myself: since I will never again get taller, I will never again gain weight. All around me, I saw men with beer bellies. Logic dictated that at one point, they were all thin like me and then they let themselves go. So I was simply going to stay vigilant and never let that...

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The Greatest Character of All Time: Stephen in “Django Unchained”

Uncle Tom (n): A black man who will do anything to stay in good standing with the white man including betray his own people. Hollywood claims to be progressive about race. However, the topic of Uncle Toms in America was apparently too controversial and uncomfortable to discuss for the first century of cinema. Finally in 2012, Quentin Tarantino and...

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Chasing Ice **1/2 There is a war of ideas in the United States between the Christian right and the environmentalist movement. The funny thing to me is that many people don’t recognize why the two groups are fighting. It is a battle between two opposing religions. “But we’re not a religion,” environmentalists exclaim in shock. No, you really are. A...

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