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Matt Patches

Writer and reporter living in New York City. His work has been featured on Vulture, Time Out New York, and The Hollywood Reporter. He is the host of the pop culture podcast Operation Kino.

How Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler Can Help Hollywood’s Huge Rom-Com Problem

What was the last great Hollywood romantic comedy?

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Is Robert Pattinson a Good Actor? ‘The Rover’ Challenges the Haters

There’s more to Edward Cullen than you ever knew.

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Throw ‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘Blue Velvet,’ and Monty Python in a Blender and You Get ‘Borgman,’ The Craziest Movie You Need to See

The Dutch horror comedy does not require illegal substances because it already feels like one.

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‘We Are the Best’: When Swedish Punk Rock Is Amplified by #YesAllWomen

We Are the Best saunters in like a kid with a free afternoon, effortlessly confronting the most subversive forms of male chau…

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If ‘True Detective’ Is a Steak Dinner, ‘Cold in July’ Is an Eight-Course Meal

True Detective took a low key, brooding approach to piercing the masculine psyche. Cold in July serves a similar, b…

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Why ‘Fed Up’ Is the Most Terrifying Documentary Since ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

Fed Up plays like a health PSA version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The scariest scene of 2014 is the explanation …

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Movie Based upon James Franco’s Short Stories Captures the High School Parties of Your Dreams, Nightmares

Would there be American Pie without the possibilities promised by Sixteen Candles? High school party movies were, a…

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Richard Ayoade’s ‘The Double’, ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’, and Movie Music That Cranks Up the Crazy

Even indie movies avoid experimenting with their sonic foundations. Composer John Williams' Star Wars music is tangibly memora…

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‘Locke’: Spending 80 Minutes Alone in a Car with Tom Hardy Is as Wild as It Sounds

A simple movie boils down its components for maximum effect.  "Simple” is not a synonym for stupid, at least when …

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‘Transcendence’ and Johnny Depp Nanobots: Where Do You Draw a Line for Believability?

Believability is in the eye of the beholder. In the final third of Transcendence, the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan's…

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If You Think Nicolas Cage Is a Walking, Talking Meme, Go See ‘Joe’

Turning the actor's screaming, flaming skull from the Ghost Rider trailer into an animated GIF is a lot easier than considerin…

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Scarlett Johansson’s Naked Alien in ‘Under the Skin’ Dispels the Theory That Men and Women Can Be Friends

It's engrossing, but can only dig so deep. A 2012 behavioral study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationshi…

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‘Hide Your Smiling Faces,’ Pre-Teen Meditation, and the Woods Porn Phenomenon

One director delicately captures that internal struggle where it springs up for every kid: the backyard. Writer-director Daniel Pa…

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The Kama Sutra Illustrated with ‘Nymphomaniac’ Sex Scenes (NSFW)

The Kama Sutra Illustrated with 'Nymphomaniac' Sex Scenes (NSFW) If how we screw is reflective of who we are, then we bett…

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Why You Need to Select the Perfect Theater to Enjoy the Bloody Mayhem of ‘Cheap Thrills’

Why You Need to Select the Perfect Theater to Enjoy the Bloody Mayhem of 'Cheap Thrills’ It’s so much better than …

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The 5 Craziest Hook-Up Techniques From Zac Efron’s ‘That Awkward Moment’

The 5 Craziest Hook-Up Techniques From Zac Efron's 'That Awkward Moment' Be afraid. By Matt Patches Besides being a mo…

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‘Nymphomaniac’ Tops the Copious Sex on Screen at Sundance 2014

Getting it on never feels as honest as in the fringe films that play the fest. Without Hollywood looming over their decisions and …

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Ranked: The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time

Your survival guide to those TBS and ABC Family marathons. 100. All I Want for Christmas  It’s like House Arrest, but with a…

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Watch the Trailer for ‘Nymphomaniac’: An Artful Movie About Blowjobs Starring Shia LaBeouf

Prepare for what might be the ultimate examination of sexuality. You may be familiar with director Lars von Trier. He's known …

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