May 14 2015

Pitch Perfect 2

“The Pitch Is Back.” So say the promotional materials for Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the sleeper hit from 2012 that captivated hearts and voices everywhere. If you missed it, here’s a slight recap: Pitch Perfect featured Anna Kendrick as Beca, an introvert in her first year at fictional Barden University, who breaches her […]
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Apr 10 2015

Kill Me Three Times

The opening of Quentin Tarantino’s script for Pulp Fiction reads, “Three Stories… About One Story…” It was a triumph of a multiple perspectives, going on to influence the film world in so many ways. One of its bastard children hits US screens today, a fast-talking, double-crossing hoot of a film called Kill Me Three Times. […]
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Dec 5 2014

Angry Pursuit of Happiness

When it comes to Christopher Titus, you know you’re going to get one of two things from him during his comedy specials: 1) hilarious anecdotes about his family and his life, or 2) a treatise on the world’s ills and how best we can fix them. Regardless of subject matter, all of them are truth […]
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Sep 18 2014

This Is Where I Leave You

Because Shawn Levy’s career has revolved mostly around producing and directing family friendly movies (“Cheaper by the Dozen”, the “Night at the Museum” films and last year’s “The Internship”), I was particularly interested in seeing what he’d do with something that on paper looks a lot like “August: Osage County” with more penis jokes. It’s disappointing that […]
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Jun 20 2014

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

Addendum 6/21/14: It has come to my attention that this is the third and closing film of a trilogy, starting with L’Auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls, both written and directed by Cédric Klapisch. This review is written from the point of view of someone who has seen neither of the preceding films; even with this […]
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Apr 18 2014

Alan Partridge

Actor Steve Coogan’s fictional character Alan Partridge has been making Britons (and some of us across the pond, as well) laugh for over 20 years. There’s no real way to describe him other than self-aggrandizing, yet self-deprecating; humble, yet utterly boisterous; subtle, yet ostentatious. He’s a very contradictory man, and there’s no better way to […]
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