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The 10 Most Pirated Movies

TorrentFreak's most pirated movies list is an excellent gauge of popular movies as well as the Hollywood zeitgeist.

What's wrong with you people? Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still not on the most pirated list? Shocking. Especially when the pickings seem so slim; the only true newbie on the list this week is the little-seen comedy Fist Fight. Rejoining the list after a few weeks away: The Great Wall, which helps push The Boss Baby and Fifty Shades Darker off the list. Don't let the cinema door hit you on the way out. Check out the full list below.

If you've seen any movies on this list (and we won't ask how), we'd love to hear what you think of them. Wondering just how many Vin Diesel moves can make this list at once? Wondering if Ice Cube really did beat up Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Why is The Great Wall still being downloaded? Let us know in the comments.

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    And you thought the remake of Logan's Run would never get off the ground. But here it is, the future, and Logan (Hugh Jackman)—aka The Wolverine—is on the run. With his dad/buddy, a curse-word spouting Professor X at his side (played with heartbreaking perfection by Sir Patrick Stewart), along with a little girl with mutant powers that hits a little too close to home for Logan, the berserker killer with a heart of gold. This is, hands down, the best Wolverine movie and maybe the best-ever X-men franchise flick (though props to Deadpool for making the R-rating viable for this film; it needed it). Read Geek.com's review.

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    Ghost in the Shell

    The casting of Scarlett Johansson was an obvious misstep, but the film has its issues, too, according to reviews, leading to lackluster box office returns. Still, people are curious, so Ghost in the Shell lands on the 10 most pirated list. Read Geek.com's review.

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    Fist Fight

    It's a classic trope: the after-school fight in the parking lot! But what happens when the trope is turned on its head and it’s the teachers who are headed toward fisticuffs? Naturally, hilarity ensues (in real life, expect jailtime and lawsuits).

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    Kong: Skull Island

    King Kong gets a new origin story in Kong: Skull Island. In this one, he's discovered on an uncharted Pacific island by a Vietnam War helicopter squadron and a team of scientists. It's an uneasy encounter for both sides. Part of the film's appeal might lie with its all-star cast, which includes Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson. Read Geek.com's review.

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    The Great Wall

    This film has great armor, but that's really the only nice thing I've read about it, besides the fact that the whitewashing claims are a bit overblown. This flick's biggest crime is probably that it prevented Matt Damon from doing other roles that would be more interesting. But worldwide it made a profit, so maybe Damon will have to be back for Great Wall 2: Greater Walling.

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    xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    The third xXx film is here, but it's only the second one to star Vin "I am Groot" Diesel. They finally got him back into the franchise that would have made him famous, except he was already famous for playing Riddick in Pitch Black and Dominic in The Fast and the Furious. Maybe he probably should have stayed away, but the return of Xander Cage turns out to be the biggest grossing film ever ($346 million worldwide) for Revolution Studios and the xXx series. Check out Geek.com's review.

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    For a while it looked like M. Night Shyamalan, one-time king of the twist ending, forgot that he's also a pretty masterful director of horror. But with The Visit and now Split, Night is back on top, doing low-budget scares and getting big budget returns. He knows how to set a mood, and the one in this tale of a guy with a dissociative personality disorder—with each personality changing his body—kidnapping some girls works despite that somewhat hokey premise (which is still better than the trees attacking everyone ). Check out Geek.com's full review.

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    The Fate of the Furious

    The family finally seems settled, but then a woman named Cipher has Dom betraying them all. The rest of the clan tries to win him and the day back. Read Geek.com's review.

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    Get Out

    When you think of Jordan Peele, of Key & Peele, you probably think comedy. But Peele has now traded laughs for screams in Get Out, a clever and terrifying examination of race in America. It's a surprise hit that's put him on the map as a director. Peele says he won't be going back to the well for laughs anytime soon, which means no sequel to Keanu. Read Geek.com's review.

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    Chris Evans stepped out of the shadow of Captain America to play an equally beefed-up dude just trying to make his genius niece happy in a normal school. But a custody battle ensues with his own mom who wants her to go to a school for the, yes, you guessed it, gifted. Sounds like a job for Captain America.

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Google keeps a history of your locations even when Location History is off

In a wonderfully clear example of “dark patterns” designed to mislead users and retain control over their data, Google continues tracking your location even when you turn off Location History and are told that “the places you go are no longer stored.” Google says it tells users, but its disclosure is the bare minimum and users are discouraged from further interference with data collection. A report from the AP lays out the details, but the information will come as no surprise to anyone who has tried to fully expunge their location data, or who read the “dark patterns” report from June. The problem is quite simple. When you turn off (technically “pause,” a choice of words in itself troubling) “Location History,” a major Google account-level setting, you are told: “With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.” Yet many apps and services Google provides when Location History has been turned off, in fact, do record and store your location. To be fair, this is explained, after a fashion, when you turn off location history (here): “This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device. Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other Google services, like Search and Maps.” Although it makes sense that checking the weather would require location data, it makes less sense that the data would be collected systematically, in direct contradiction with what the user has been told. It’s not exactly a deception on Google’s part, but rather what appears to be a deliberate understatement of the company’s other location tracking practices. Not listed: that a precise location is recorded every time you interact with some apps and services. That “some location data” as part of your search history is precise and organized, good enough to reconstitute a person’s movements over a few days, as indeed the AP reporters did; with Location History off, there was in fact a detailed history of locations stored with Google. Google protests that you can turn off this location data collection as well — it’s just under a separate setting called “Web and App Activity.” Why is it there? Why are there multiple places? Why is the user not told that in order to truly turn off location history, there is a second setting that must be adjusted as well? Why is it assumed that the user will understand that location is also stored under separate headings of search and other services? It hardly need be said that this is completely inadequate as far as informing the user of how their data is being handled. WTF is dark pattern design? Further, it falls squarely under the concept of dark patterns. The user is duped into thinking that their locations are no longer being recorded by Google, down to a warning from the company that some services might not work correctly if Location History is disabled. Meanwhile location is still recorded silently and without notifying the user, for example, that such and such an action will produce a location record that will be saved, and giving them a chance to delete it or recall the action. The deletion of these points, by the way, is one of Google’s other defenses: you can go delete them at any time. But deleting location history points was one of the main points of criticism for Google in the dark patterns paper, which found that hardly any of their testers could figure out how to do it. There are separate controls for different types of location collection, isolated from each other and each unaffected by the other’s deletion or restriction, but it is not explained why, or why for example some can be deleted in bulk but others must be done one by one. This kind of confusing and underhanded, not to say malicious, practice is far from uncommon among tech companies, but this is a particularly indefensible one. Continuing to maintain a history of locations when a user has deliberately indicated their preference to have no such history recorded is simply ridiculous. In a statement to TechCrunch, Google explained: Location History is a Google product that is entirely opt in, and users have the controls to edit, delete, or turn it off at any time. As the story notes, we make sure Location History users know that when they disable the product, we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions. It’s easy to imagine a handful of minor UI or alert changes that would fully inform users of what is being recorded and when. A notification when a location is generated, for instance, or a link to the separate location tracking setting would be sufficient. But it is telling that not only is the interface the way it is, but the system has been designed the way it is: silently recording location in spite of user preference, with no way to opt out without compromising the service. These are both deliberate choices and the more such choices are exposed and questioned, the better off users will be.

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