'Fifty Shades of Grey': Superficial, Manipulative - and a Revealing Look at Our Sociocultural Reality

The film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic fiction phenomenon is notable only for the way in which it portrays current attitudes toward sex.

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The dialogue is weak, even laughable. The direction is visually uninspired. And one of the two stars has absolutely zero charisma or cinematic presence – all dealing a deathblow to the story at the center of...