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  1. Shows and movies ask: How low can we really go?

    With 'Sex Tape' and 'The Purge: Anarchy,' what comes to mind are other potential cultural events that may further reflect the 'simpling' of America. Consider these imaginary lowbrow possibilities:

  2. Review: Joyless 'Sex Tape' feels more like a sitcom

    Seriously, the premise could easily fit into the new FX show 'Married.' Only there it would likely get some oddball spin and foster some interesting observations on the waning fires of love.

  3. Review: Post-apocalyptic 'Aftermath' offers nothing but misery

    As masochistic exercises go, 'Aftermath' is fairly effective. It eventually becomes a slaughter-fest in the guise of a cautionary tale.

  4. Top 10 films of 2014 so far

    Although it does happen, it's rare when Oscar fare emerges in the first half of the year. However, that doesn't mean the first half of the year was all garbage; far from it.

  5. Review: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' hits new genre heights

    'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is the sequel to a prequel to a long line of films that date back to 1968. But it's doubtful any of those films could come close to matching the visual spectacle and Shakespearean interplay.

  6. Review: 'Third Person' offers strong stories of shattered families

    There's a sense of despair, of something broken beyond repair, in the intricate 'Third Person,' written and directed by Paul Haggis, writer-director of the Oscar-winning 'Crash.'

  7. Review: Touching 'Hellion' follows a shattered family on the verge

    Director Kat Chandler never lets 'Hellion' become a fable of cheap redemption. In fact, the pain that drives the film seems to be contagious, leading to a harrowing confrontation of messed-up kids.

  8. Review: Cage's 'Rage' is rotten from beginning to end

    'Rage' is a relentless mess of a film, moving from stilted dialogue to countless scenes of senseless violence with plenty of irrelevant side stories along the way.

  9. Doomsday scenarios: Apocalyptic culture preys on our worst fears again and again

    The end is near. It's at your local movie theater, it's on your TV. It's streaming into your computer, on your phone, on your tablet. Apocalyptic culture books, movies, TV shows that deal with the end of civilization or the world seems to be coming at us non-stop.

  10. In terms of box office, summer's no knockout

    Despite the seeming parade of hits this summer, the season's box office was actually down about 13 percent last week from the previous summer.

The Detroit News Movie Critic

Tom Long is the Detroit News movie critic.

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