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May 27th, 2016

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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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Pump (2014) *** Three things are inevitable: death, taxes, and the fact that you have to fill up your car with gasoline about once a week. For our entire lives, the oil industry has had a monopoly on the car fuel industry. Every time you turn on your car, you know that you are giving money to multi-national corporations and tyrannical sheikhs. But...

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The Fight of the Century *1/2 It must be hard for young people to believe that boxing used to be one of the most popular sports in the United States during the 20th Century. These days, nobody cares about boxing. It is a tiny fringe sport that is about as popular as roller derby and curling. The Junior Welterweight title bout between Floyd Mayweath...

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To Be Takei ***1/2 I am not proud of this, but when I see political activists on television or on the streets protesting, my first thought is to oppose them. My thought is, “This country gave you leisure time, plenty of food, and the freedom to protest. So why don’t you spend this time appreciating all of the great things about America instead of t...

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Exodus: Gods and Kings *1/2 I know this isn’t news to anyone, but it really is striking how different Jesus is from God in the Old Testament. Jesus had a clear, focused game plan. In the course of a year, he taught us how to live righteously, he founded his earthly church, he died for our sins, and he defeated death by rising from the grave. God in...

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A Most Violent Year ***1/2 Not too long ago, New York City was a rough place to live. In the 1970s and 80s, New York was called the City That Never Sleeps. But those who ventured out at night were taking a serious risk because the streets were teeming with rogues, ruffians, and rapists. Twenty-first century New York is a different world. It is one...

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Ilo Ilo ***1/2 If someone from a third world country asked you why it is that the United States is so wealthy and prosperous, what would you say? Maybe we are economically successful because we are a muli-party republic where no man can lead for more than eight years. Maybe it is because of our commitment to personal liberty and free enterprise. Ma...

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief **** This time last week, I only knew a few basic rumors about Scientology. I heard that it is a cult that brainwashes its adherents and doesn’t allow them to leave. But I had no idea how Scientology succeeds in controlling its members or how it continues to get away with bad behavior while still ma...

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