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#MovieFailMondays: Jurassic World (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - #MovieFailMondays - Jurassic World (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT) by Matt Shinners

Each week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖


Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


The below video has been included so that you can listen to the Jurassic Park theme song while reading this post, so please click play! We’ve included it here so that we can evoke a completely unearned sense of grandeur and childlike wonder in our blog. Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Independence Day – Part 2 (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Independence Day (Part 2) by Matt Shinners

Each week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖


Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Yes, yes, we’ve done Independence Day before. But we’re doing it again because: Read more

#MovieFailMondays: John Wick (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - #MovieFailMondays: John Wick by Matt Shinners

Each week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖


Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


What do you do when Theon Greyjoy kills your dog? If you’re John Wick, you go on a murderous rampage that takes out most of the Russian mob and Adianne Palicki. Collateral damage.

John Wick tells the tale of a hitman who made it out. But, just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in. Read more

Learning Science and the LSAT – Part 4: Spiraling

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog: Learning Science and the LSAT - Part 4: Spiraling by Matt ShinnersLearning science has come a long way in recent years, and we’ve been learning with it. We incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


The LSAT is a hard test. No doubt about it. When well under 100 people out of 100,000 taking the test every year get a perfect score (with even fewer of those getting nothing wrong), you’ve succeeded in making a hard test.

But while the test overall is difficult, that doesn’t mean that each step of answering questions is (those in a class might recognize that conclusion as a whole-vs-part flaw). To me, the difficulty of the LSAT isn’t that it asks you to make huge, difficult leaps; it’s that it asks you to do a whole lot of small steps without making a mistake.

What learning science tells us is that, to master these small steps, you need to do a few things: Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Pitch Perfect 2 (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Movie Fail Mondays: Pitch Perfect 2 by Matt Shinners

Each week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖


Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Pitch Perfect is a fantastic movie, a guilty pleasure with a soundtrack to which I go incognito on Spotify before listening. After taking in more money than anyone expected, they decided to release a sequel (which is the highest-grossing musical comedy of all time).

And if you’re worried that they couldn’t possibly match the original, you’ll be happy to hear that the sequel is pitch perfect, too. Read more

#MovieFailMondays: The Goonies (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - #MovieFailMondays: The Goonies

Each week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖


Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Forget about Pixels for a second. I mean, most of you probably didn’t see it, and those who did probably blocked it from their memories. So let’s just say it doesn’t exist. This way, we can talk about Chris Columbus without feeling bad.

In 1985, Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg, and Chris Columbus collaborated on a little project that we all know (and love!) as The Goonies. If you’ve never seen this film, go, right now, and watch it. Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Memento (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - #MovieFailMondays: Memento (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT by Matt ShinnersEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖


Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Before he was incepting, or beginning Batman, or prestigious, Christopher Nolan was filming a chronology-bending film called Memento. And it was certainly more stellar than Interstellar. Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Forrest Gump (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog: #MovieFailMondays: Forrest Gump by Matt ShinnersEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖


Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


You know what they say: Life is like a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom. Who says that? Why, Wikipedia, when talking about Forrest Gump.

Forrest Gump tells the tale of an earnest-yet-dumb man as he stumbles through life, like a feather on the wind. During the course of the film he: Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Gone Girl (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - #MovieFailMondays - Gone GirlEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖


Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


I love a movie that delivers exactly what its title promises. And Gone Girl in fact features a woman who disappears. It’s also devilishly unclear, based on the title, exactly how that disappearance happened. A title that promises what the movie delivers without spoiling the twist? Gold. Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Signs. Unbreakable. Batman Begins. The Wizard of Oz. (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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blog-waterEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖


Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Signs. Unbreakable. Batman Begins. The Wizard of Oz. Until I got to the third one, I bet you thought this was going to be a much different article!

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