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‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ Is an Addictive Thriller That Finds the Superhero Fighting Demons Both Internal and External

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Marvel’s Daredevil is not only, as the first of Netflix’s five planned comic book series that all take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Netflix’s most ambitious series to date; it’s also an instant classic for the streaming site, one that roars out of the gate with the addictiveness of Orange Is the New Black and manages to make its slow build and teasing reveals much more thrilling than Bloodline. It’s a dark, violent, and bloody adaptation that is prime for binge-watching. The only reason you’ll want to pause between episodes is to prolong the viewing experience; the 12 episodes tell a fully realized story, yet the series (and the performances) are so good that it’s over too soon.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Top Five,’ ‘Ever After’

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It’s a bit of a dodgy week for home movie viewing, new release-wise at least; the calendar is dominated by the likes of that Penguins of Madagascar thing, the ill-advised Annie remake, and the unfortunate Exodus: White Gods and Kings. But there’s good news too, as this week sees the release of one of last year’s best comedies, the Blu-ray debuts of two all-time classics, and a hidden gem from Criterion. Plus, for you Netflixers, we offer a fave from ’98 rendered newly timely.
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Why Did It Take Chris Rock So Long to Make a Great Movie Like ‘Top Five’?

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The moment he dropped his 1996 breakthrough stand-up special Bring the Pain, Chris Rock was dubbed the heir apparent of Richard Pryor, one of the few comics on the scene to approach the king’s potent mixture of social commentary, personal confession, and performative brilliance. But that wasn’t all they had in common; Pryor spent most of his film career failing to find a vehicle that captured his unique gifts, and Rock has experienced much of the same struggle. “Richard Pryor has two good movies out of 30 or 40,” Rock told Rolling Stone. “Rodney Dangerfield had one. So it’s easy to look at history and go, ‘Maybe I’m not going to get one’… But I guess you’ve got to make your own history.” And Rock has done just that with his new film Top Five, writing, directing, and starring in a picture that plays like a cross between Stardust Memories, Funny People, and Before Sunset, but refracted through the prism of Rock’s distinctive comic sensibility. So why did it take him so long to make a movie worthy of his talent?
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Why Chris Rock’s “Burn Hollywood Burn” Tour is Right On Time

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Chris Rock has run out of fucks to give. His new movie, Top Five, debuted with a bang at the Toronto Film Festival, igniting a fierce bidding war for distribution — won by Paramount Pictures, which ponied up $12.5 million, more than twice the picture’s production budget. Reviews for the picture, which Rock wrote, directed, and starred in, were rhapsodic; they called it his Stardust Memories. And maybe it’s that position of confidence that’s prompted him, in a flurry of interviews and op-eds, to ravenously bite the hand that feeds him, calling out the movie industry for its intellectual hypocrisy and institutional racism. It’s rather thrilling to watch this razor-sharp celebrity call bullshit, consequences be damned; it’s also a reminder that even the most ostensibly liberal environments are a long way from sunny, “post-racial” America (as if we needed any more reminders of that this week/month/year/etc).
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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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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 Leonardo DiCaprio, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Greta Gerwig, Alexander Skarsgård, Guy Pearce, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tobey Maguire, Steve Coogan, Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, Christopher Walken, Ben Stiller, Rosario Dawson, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
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Rosario Dawson Is Making It So Hard to Be a DC Gossip Columnist

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When asked which jobs I’d likely never try out, a few come to mind: zookeeper, trash collector, PA on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. One that has never seemed an option was Washington, DC gossip columnist. Having grown up relatively close to the nation’s capitol, there wasn’t much about the city that seemed very exotic or exciting, and one would assume that the gossip would always focus on boring old white men with political power who sleep around. (For me, DC gossip peaked when Nora Ephron broke up with Carl Bernstein, not just because her autobiographical novel Heartburn was made into a great movie starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, but because it was more about the woman on whom a man cheated, rather than a bunch of gossipy details of the boring sex that man likely had.) It looks like we’re in dire need of a Beltway sex scandal, because the DC columnists are setting their claws in a much more unlikely subject: Rosario Dawson.
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