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Is ‘The Equalizer’ the Year’s Most Offensively Stupid Movie?

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Here’s how fucking stupid the people who made The Equalizer think you are: there is a scene, about midway through, where Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) gets robbed. While working a shift at “Home Mart,” a Home Depot-style store, he approaches a female clerk who’s being held up by a guy with a gun. They hand over the cash from the register, and the robber insists she give him the ring on her finger. “It was my mother’s ring,” she protests, but the crook isn’t hearing it, so she reluctantly gives him the ring. When the thief flees, McCall follows him out to his getaway car, at a distance of maybe 20 feet, gets his license plate number, and swipes a sledgehammer off the store shelves. Cut to the next morning; as the clerk opens up her register to start the work day, her ring is glistening in the drawer. (This, somehow, isn’t the stupid part.) She then picks up the ring, looks at it, and says — and this is a quote, I wrote it down — “Oh my God! My ring!”
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25 Must-See Movies For the Fall

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Hey there reader, been to the movies lately? If the box office reports are any indication, I’m guessing not — and who can blame you? We’re currently in the weird dead zone between the tentpole blockbusters of the summer and the prestige, Oscar-friendly pictures (and, increasingly, tentpole blockbusters) of the fall. But relief will be here soon enough, so in the interest of helping you mark up your movie-going calendar, we’re looking ahead to the fall films we’re anticipating most.
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10 Great New-to-Netflix Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

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Another holiday weekend is upon us, with the Fourth of July luckily placed on a Friday for your three-day convenience. So you know what that means: lots of time on the couch, doing fuck all. But you know if you flip around on your overpriced cable box, you’re just gonna wind up on some Law & Order or Real Housewives marathon, and who’s got that many brain cells to kill? Instead, we point you in the direction of the best recent additions to Netflix’s streaming library — about 20 hours of great filmmaking to consume, which means you’re on your own for the other two days. (Click on the title link to watch them right now.)
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15 Netflix Streaming Films to Watch With Your Dad

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Dads: they provide guidance, wisdom, support… and they’re also really fun to watch action movies with, if they’re anything like my dad. But it can be time-consuming to surf through Netflix and find a film that’s got just the right Dad-friendly mix of action, adventure, antiheroes, and wit — so Flavorwire is here to help. Every dad may be a unique snowflake, but we can guarantee that these 15 films will make even the snootiest among them …Read More

The Best Life Advice From Movie Dads

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Father’s Day is coming right up, and you know what that means: time to make a run to your favorite tie shop, or cigar store, or butcher. But why not put forth a little more effort for dear old dad this year, eh? After all, fathers are an endless source of vital life advice — at least, according to the movies. So, in the continuing spirit of gleaning tips for living from cinematic parents, we present some of the best advice from movie dads:
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“Based on a True Story” Movie Subjects: Where Are They Now?

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It’s a big week for murderers whose stories became movies — both Bernie Tiede (played by Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s Bernie) and Michael Alig (played by Macaulay Culkin in Party Monster) are now free men, reminding us that when films are based on true stories, the lives that inspired them continue after the credits roll. Here’s a look at what became of Tiede and Alig, and several other real people who became Hollywood …Read More

The 25 Best Time-Travel Movies Ever Made

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Twenty-five years ago this week (yes, twenty-five, look it up) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure made its theatrical debut, telling for all posterity the tale of two California slackers who use a phone booth/time machine to gather historical figures for a class project. It was but one variation on a favorite cinematic device: time travel. It’s been done in comedies and dramas, sci-fi and action movies, on budgets giant and miniscule, in spaceships and in DeLoreans. There are dozens of time travel flicks out there, but these are our …Read More

Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

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Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s great stuff from Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Denzel Washington, Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Claire Danes, Catherine Keener, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale, Kenneth Branagh, Samatha Morton, Emily Watson, Eva Mendes, Michael Shannon, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
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Flavorwire’s Ultimate College-Themed Movie Syllabus

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Pixar’s charming and sweet Monsters University hits theaters today, and while its primary subject matter is the scare-propelled world of monsters and magic doorways laid out in 2001’s Monsters Inc., it also falls easily into the long and distinguished tradition of college movies (including several direct shout-outs to Animal House). In acknowledgment of this tradition, and as a handy summer viewing guide for those of you entering (or returning to) the collegiate world come fall, Flavorwire presents a detailed syllabus of movies about college, a step-by-step and course-by-course rundown that enables you to have the college experience without actually going to …Read More