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This Straight Guy Says, “Go See Magic Mike XXL”

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If I were to propose a movie night to my buddies, I imagine it going something like this: Me: “Hey, let’s go see Magic Mike XXL.” Silence. Cue the crickets. The aftermath following that awkward silence would be filled with questions and a little playful “why do you want to see it?” banter. Thus is the way with guys (occasionally). Admittedly, at first glance, a movie like Magic Mike XXL won’t appeal to the straight guy; in fact, some men might make a variety of assumptions based on deeply entrenched stereotypes. Even a certain trio of comedians made fun with this “audition” a few years ago.     The Daily Show Daily Show Full Episodes, More Daily Show Videos, Comedy Central Full Episodes For…

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Inside Out: Pixar’s best movie to date perfectly captures emotions

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So you sometimes feel as if your emotions are running your life? Go with that feeling. Because according to neuroscience and psychological research, you may be right. In fact, a new movie—and animated movie, of all things—centers on the role of emotions in our lives. In the story, a young girl’s mind is run by a “staff” of emotions, portrayed in the form of cartoon characters. According to experts, however, the film is not only accurate, but may be about to change a lot of perceptions about the importance of how we feel. The movie is Inside Out, Pixar’s latest release. In it, Riley is an 11-year-old girl whose world is turned upside-down when her family moves across the country.…

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6 Summer blockbusters where women rule

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Hollywood is notoriously stingy with good roles for women, but that may finally change this summer. As you read this, the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are helping Avengers: Age of Ultron crush it at the early summer box office, and a parade of female protagonists are set to follow in their wake. Here are a few upcoming summer releases in which the women take charge: Pitch Perfect 2 (Opening May 15) The Bellas are back, ready to sing once again, and this time they’re taking on an impossible task: winning an international singing competition that no American team has ever won. Led by an all-star cast including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Academy Award…

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