comedy

Aug 8 2013

We’re the Millers

“We’re the Millers”, the new film from “Dodgeball” director Rawson Marshall Thurber which reunites “Horrible Bosses” co-stars Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, is a prime example of an adult comedy that squanders its “R” rating on silly dialogue and contrived raunchiness. Sometimes lazy but more often feeling like it’s trying too hard to fit in […]
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Aug 8 2013

We’re the Millers

I remember early on in the year, trailers for We’re the Millers played before almost every screening I attended, and I always looked forward to hearing Billy Squier’s single “The Stroke” (or, rather, Mickey Avalon sampling the song) raging out through the theater speakers. Yes, I’m old enough to remember that as a hit for […]
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Jul 18 2013

Girl Most Likely

When “Girl Most Likely” slowly grinds to a halt by the second half, it’s not entirely clear what type of movie co-directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini were trying to make. But one thing is for sure –  with Kristen Wiig and a mini-ensemble cast that includes Annette Bening and Matt Dillon at their […]
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Jun 12 2013

This is the End

This is the End feels kind of like watching how Pittsburgh Penguins made (and ended) their run at the Stanley Cup this year – there’s a ton of firepower on the team, but they fall just a little bit short of their desired goal.* There’s no question that everyone involved in the movie has the […]
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Jun 8 2013

The Internship

Whatever chemistry existed between Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in 2005’s hilarious “Wedding Crashers” is diminished in the tedium of “The Internship”, which could resemble a two-hour episode of “Romper Room” if it were filmed at Google headquarters.  A few laughs in the first half hour suggest that the film’s writers (Vaughn and Jared Stern […]
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May 24 2013

Frances Ha

(This review was originally posted at Reel Film News on May 24, 2013.) Man, I really wish I hadn’t read the Frances Ha poster in the theater lobby before I saw the movie. “A deft, uproarious comedy” is the big quote that’s emblazoned at the top of the poster… and that couldn’t be further from […]
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