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‘Snowden,’ ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ and the Wonderful Trend of Dumping Trump: Links You Need to See

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The Oliver Stone-directed Snowden — which hits theaters in December — has released its first teaser. No actual footage from the film, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, is included — just an upside down U.S. flag, which gets imprinted with “One nation, under surveillance, for liberty and justice for all” as the trailer’s climax of sorts.
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Slime Mold Becomes a Musician and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Becomes Snowden: Links You Need to See

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There’s nothing like watching a relatively serious, seemingly well-researched episode of machiavellian political TV, getting self-congratulatory about how you’re managing to understand the political jargon and follow weaving plots, feeling wholly immersed, feeling nearly like a very intelligent fly on a White House wall — only to have Kevin Spacey turn to you, swat you off the wall and back onto your couch, saying something heinously on the nose about power vs. money. All House of Cards watchers know the experience of the show’s winding narrative being unceremoniously broken by a jowly sideways glance at the camera; if you are, for some reason, a proponent of the controversial style choice, try watching all instances of the show’s pseudo-Shakespearean fourth wall-breaking back to back.
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‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ and the Woes of the Long-Delayed Sequel

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When the first Sin City movie was released, George W. Bush had just begun his second term. Pope John Paul II died during its opening weekend; Hunter S. Thompson had taken his own life about six weeks earlier. People were talking about Terri Schiavo. Doctor Who had just returned to television after a 16-year absence, and Dan Rather and Peter Jennings had just anchored their final evening newscasts. The #1 single in the country was 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop.” Hitch, Million Dollar Baby, and Miss Congeniality 2 were still in theaters. Sin City opened against the Queen Latifah vehicle Beauty Shop, but neither film’s trailer was unveiled on YouTube, which would not launch until three weeks after their release date. In other words, the first Sin City came out a long, long time ago, and while the duration between that film and its sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For doesn’t fully explain the new film’s flaws, it’s quite instructive when examining the reactions to them.
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