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Disturbing film as a red-white-and-blue-bunting–draped piece of feel-good propaganda—the kind of film New York’s David Edelstein has called a “Republican platform movie.” Watch Everly Online

I saw Movie last night, and hated it slightly less than I expected to. Like most Clint Eastwood movies – and I like Clint Eastwood movies for the most part – it's a simple. Watch The Lazarus Effect Online

Well-lit little fairy tale with the nutritional value of a fortune cookie that serves up a neatly-arranged helping of cheers and tears for target audiences, and panics at the thought of embracing more than one or two ideas at any time. Watch Focus Online

This is the same Hollywood culture that turned the horror and divisiveness of the Vietnam War era into a movie about a platitude-spewing doofus with leg braces who in the face of terrible moral choices eats chocolates and plays Ping-Pong. Watch The DUFF Online

The message of Forrest Gump was that if you think about the hard stuff too much, you'll either get AIDS or lose your legs. Watch McFarland USA Online

Meanwhile, the hero is the idiot who just shrugs and says "Whatever!" whenever his country asks him to do something crazy. watch Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Online

Movie will likely be the most controversial and divisive movie of 2015, and it's mid-January. From concerns over the baldly anti-Muslim social-media rants it has inspired to titular real-life protagonist Chris Kyle's debatable status. Watch American Sniper Online

As a hero to his notorious unreliability as a non-fiction narrator to the confusing use of a robot doll rather than a human baby, the film has inspired both harsh criticism and lavish praise. Watch Jupiter Ascending Online

It has also smashed box-office records, largely thanks to the conservative-leaning South and Midwest. You either love this movie or you hate it, and by extension director Clint Eastwood, star Bradley Cooper, and especially Kyle himself; there isn't much room for dialogue between the two positions. Watch Fifty Shades of Grey Online

This reflects a truth that the movie itself seeks to avoid: War is political, and a movie about war is bound to make political pronouncements. Watch Kingsman The Secret Service Online

When you sit down to enjoy Movie, you are committing a political act, and your evaluation of the movie, and Kyle as a person, reflects your political attitudes. Watch The SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water Online

But it's more complicated than the simple equation that progressives dislike it and conservatives enjoy it. Watch Paddington Online

Politics notwithstanding, those who've seen it tend to describe the experience in religious terms: awe-struck congregations of Americans seeing the Iraq War the way it happened, traveling down the path to PTSD together. Watch Project Almanac Online

Ask around: Be it Texas or Williamsburg, it's not uncommon to hear of packed theaters with the patrons filing out in reverent silence after the closing credits. Watch Seventh Son Online

I'm a U.S. infantry combat veteran of Afghanistan, and I witnessed this phenomenon firsthand. Personally, though, I found the movie to be factually probable. Watch The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Online

Visually and emotionally stimulating, but curiously aimless: like walking in a shallow pool looking for a place to dive and swim, expecting depth and finding none. Watch The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Online

I found the audience's reaction both inspiring and depressing. On the one hand, Thank god people are finally responding to the horror of war. On the other hand, This is not quite true. Watch Taken 3 Online

Very little actually happens in Movie. The spiritual and emotional progress of the characters is limited to basic states of existence (good or bad, alive or dead), and none of them evolve despite numerous encounters with tragedy and misfortune. Watch Strange Magic Online

By the end of the movie, Kyle, his buddies, and their enemies alike are all making the same kinds of choices they were making in the beginning. Watch Into the Woods Online

Even Kyle, who regarded himself as a sheepdog guarding sheep against wolves—in the film, strangely, the sheep are either American citizens or Marines, or both—never sways from that belief. Watch Big Hero 6 Online

There is little potential reflected or implied in the characters, and no surprises. Shocks, yes—explosions, yes—but plot twists, edification, some hint at the sublime behind the everyday quotidian … no. Watch Dumb and Dumber To Online

Kyle spends his time overseas trying to kill bad guys, and his time at home trying to bone his wife (mostly the former). Watch Horrible Bosses 2 Online

Despite a wealth of action, and opportunities to expand or grow, the only thing that changes over time is that the man onscreen begins to express remorse over some of the women and children he killed; he maintains the necessity of killing terrorists that. Watch Penguins of Madagascar Online
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