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'Okja' review: Message weighs down tale of giant GMO pig

Just in time for summer comes a film that seriously threatens the core component of barbeques, baseball games and block parties. To be blunt, "Okja" may force you to put down that hot dog. Director Bong Joon Ho's uneven movie is about a girl, her giant, adorable pet pig and an evil corporation...

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