13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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This was nothing if not a Michael Bay film, and I unabashedly love Michael Bay films. I also love movies based on true stories, films about heroism, brotherhood, and war, and a lot of action, so this movie got two thumbs way way up from me. Not to mention John Krasinski’s talent and general appearance.

Straight Outta Compton

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So you know that producer who released those fancy headphones that cost and arm and a leg? And the angry police chief in 21 Jump Street? This movie is about them.

(That was my only frame of reference going in to this. And then…)

I am in awe of the casting director for this movie. It started with the kid playing Ice Cube—he looked and acted and rapped so remarkably like the real Ice Cube that I started looking up pictures of the cast against photos of the real members of NWA to compare, and damn, casting did a fantastic job rooting out actors for this biopic. (When I found out that the Ice Cubes are father and son I was a little less impressed, but only a little.) And then I started listening to NWA (not at work, of course, definitely NSWF) and Ice Cube’s early stuff and Dr. Dre’s Chronic album and I get it now. Shit’s good.

(Mom, Gma, you’re not going to like it.)

Kennedy, I think I understand you just a little bit better now. (But just a little bit. I’ll never understand Kanye.)