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This is rough one. I understand the reason lowbrow comedies exist, but that doesn’t mean I have to like them. Identity Thief heralds the return of Jason Bateman, who was made famous by the brilliant series Arrested Development, but then went on to make movies like The Change-Up and The Switch. Needless to say, my […]

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On January 28, 2013 By

It throws a lot at the wall, but at least a little bit sticks. I didn’t have high hopes for this movie. Despite the star-studded cast (including Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet and Halle Berry, among many others), this film looked like it was going to be your typical raunchy comedy aimed at the […]

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Somehow, in spite of Hollywood’s best efforts to kill my resolve, I survived last year relatively unscathed. And while 2013 looks like an awesome year for movies, there are plenty of awful-looking films coming out to keep everything balanced. I’m going to try to remain positive, but 2013 is still throwing movies at me that […]

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Summer can be a rough time of the year. It’s hot outside, the neighborhood kids are out of school and terrorizing us, and most of the good TV shows are on hiatus. Usually this drives us to watch summer dramas which get us hooked and then leave us hanging for a year (not pointing any fingers…The Killing!). But, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, there are a bunch of great foreign comedies worth checking out, most of them available online or on DVD.

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If you’ve waited this long, what’s another couple weeks? Advertisements and taglines suggest that The Five-Year Engagement will be some sort of wild romp in which increasingly zany circumstances prevent a loving couple from ever making it to the altar… until perhaps some sublime climactic circus of a moment at which point they finally get […]

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The 84th Academy Awards have come and gone, and on the day after it feels almost like nothing happened. Sure, a bunch of celebrities (A-list through, let’s say, C-list) got dolled up and sat around a nice theater in Hollywood for a while. Sure, they carted Billy Crystal out of his secret underground chamber to […]

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We’re gearing up for our version of the Superbowl here and that means it’s time for us to release our predictions for who’s going to take home the big prizes Sunday night. What do you think of our “educated guesses?”

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Sickness. An apropos theme for the week. Though the week following Labor Day tends to be weak for the box office, this weekend had the lowest total revenue of any week this year. New pandemic-themed thriller Contagion led the pack by a substantial margin, but fell short in attendance to older movies of the same […]

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It’s the first-annual Stars & Popcorn Summer Superlatives, celebrating the best (and worst) from May 1 through August 31! While there have been some very good stars movies, the time for art and sociopolitical proclamation is the fall. For now, we’re focusing on the popcorn aspect of these summer flicks to recognizing outstanding achievement in explosions, bikinis, and dick jokes (and boy, were there a lot of dick jokes!). [...]

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As an end comes to August, we witness the great purge of the box offices: a flood of films pours through the machine, each barely memorable, and so quickly all is gone. It’s a little like Hollywood preparing for a colonoscopy. Which is an image that seriously makes me question my vocation as a film […]

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Despite what you may think, the title does not refer to the amount of effort put into the film: If there is one this that this summer movie season has taught audiences, it’s that comedy, apparently, is incredibly difficult. Either that or the standards of the average moviegoer have dropped tremendously in recent years. There’s something cheap about this movie. It’s hard to create any sort of empathetic bond with any of the characters when all of them constantly give the audience reasons not to like them. [...]

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For many movie-goers this weekend, the cumbersome hitching of one preposition to the next was not deterrent enough to keep Rise of the Planet of the Apes from a successful August-time opening. In fact it posted healthy enough returns to rank among the top five ever, or the top ten if one considers inflation. This […]

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