Best of the Web 27 Jan

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Mini Review – Django Unchained

Django Unchained  Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson It’s two years before the American Civil War, and a liberal and articulate bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) frees slave Django (Jamie Foxx) to help him identify three sadistic brothers who were once Django’s overseers. Django gets a taste for the work and they partner up, but Django’s ultimate goal is to locate …

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[Video]: Sucker Punch’s Hidden Subversiveness

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It’s still puzzling why Zack Snyder’s pop-culture pastiche film Sucker Punch bombed out. Many critics felt that it alienated its audiences by rampantly objectifying women as action heroes in skin-tight outfits, and ultimately the $82 million movie failed to have much commercial or cultural impact. If you were of the same opinion – you were wrong. Fast-talking pop culture critic …