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  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★★½

    Did you notice Andy Garcia was in this? Why was he in it, you ask? Well, it was to walk out and look amazed for like two seconds at the very end. I thought, ok, there's a bunch of extras... and Andy Garcia?! Huh?

    This is yet another film I would classify as "passable." The Nerdwriter on YouTube did a great video about the plague of passable films in recent years. The premise is solid. There's a good idea here.…

  • Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

    Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

    ★★

    This is not much more than an extended advertisement. There is a near complete lack of critical thinking or examination as to whether any of Robbins' guidance actually works in the long term. It was interesting to the extent that it shows what goes on inside these seminars.

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  • Amanda Knox

    Amanda Knox

    ★★★½

    Amanda Knox, currently on Netflix, is an effective, straightforward narrative of the trial, conviction, appeal and acquittal, re-conviction, and ultimate acquittal, of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy. The filmmakers evidently opted for a neutral viewpoint in presenting the views of the prosecution, the defense, and the press. Being as precisely neutral as possible turned out to be overly kind to both the prosecution and the press. To put it mildly, tougher questions…

  • Deep Web

    Deep Web

    This is the almost entirely one-sided story of the arrest, trial, conviction and life sentence of Ross Ulbricht, the creator of the Silk Road, a dark web online marketplace for the sale of drugs and other illegal commodities. The filmmakers could have at least attempted to discuss intelligently the reasoning behind the legal rulings that led to the dismantling of Ulbricht's defense at trial, but they did not do so. The film does not maintain even a semblance of objectivity,…