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Lucy: Darwin Explains Star Wars

As far as college girls go, Lucy’s pretty normal.  She loves her parents, loves studying abroad, and she loves to party.  She’s not so sure she loves Richard, however, and she trusts him even less.  And she may not be brightest chick on the block, but she has enough smarts to know that delivering a mystery briefcase for $1000 is sketchy.  But then he handcuffs her to the case, leaving her with no choice but to go forward.  Before she knows it, she’s thrown headfirst into a drug and human trafficking ring, forced to travel with a pouch of drugs in her stomach.  Things get even more complicated when it bursts, and it unlocks the hidden power of her brain, power that makes her . . . well, something of an evolutionary jedi.

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Jupiter Ascending: Bad but Beautiful

If anything has defined the Wachowski’s previous film projects, it has been depth.  The Matrix was a creative exposition of the postmodern theories of French philosopher Jean Baudrillard.  V for Vendetta explored fascist regimes, and what might be required to overthrow them.  What many filmgoers expected from their new film Jupiter Ascending was nothing less, and what fans didn’t expect the same social commentary at least expected a really cool action film.  Unfortunately, Jupiter Ascending disappoints on both fronts.

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Ender’s Game and Real Virtue

If you’ve ever looked around your workplace and thought “they just keep getting younger every year,” you should go to the IF’s battle school.  Forget about teenagers enrolling in the army, these guys and gals are hardly ten.  Ender Wiggin is only six.  It’s worth it, they say, because they’re desperately trying to create the kind of brainpower that will help them survive another war with the aliens known as the buggers.  But the question that the cunning Col. Graff has to wrestle with is enough to make your blood run cold: what are we doing to these kids?

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