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‘The People Under the Stairs’ Is Craven’s Most Original, Deranged, and Off the Wall Film

The People Under the Stairs falls into a category all its own, moving deftly from horror to comedy to social allegory, all wrapped in a wonderfully lunatic package.

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‘Jane the Virgin’ Instantly Charms

Jane the Virgin instantly feels like a breath of fresh air, and as a result, its success is all the more rewarding.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Is No Big Deal

Magic Mike XXL could have ratcheted up the expectations one has for the rom-com, but ultimately it does very little with the space that it ekes out for itself among the genre’s norms.

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Dr. Ken: Season 1, Episode 1 - “Pilot”

Is Dr. Ken high-octane ironic comedy, or just an ego-trip for Ken Jeong?

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‘The Goldbergs’ Are a Strangely Familiar Family

Even with their boistrous personalities, the Goldbergs are a distinctly ordinary family; that's what makes them both relatable and funny.

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Holy Spittle and Miseducated Media: On ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’, 25 September 2015

The September 25 episode explores the media's fetishization of Pope Francis' visit, and the tyranny of the "expertise on nothing" ethos afflicting both politics and journalism.

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‘No God But Funny’ and ‘Earth Angel’ Are Preaching to the Choir

It's challenging enough to write good comedy. It's nearly impossible to do so burdened with an agenda, even one as innocuous as featuring a "likeable atheist" as the protagonist.

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‘The Farewell Party (Mita Tova)’ Has a Deliciously Twisted Sense of Humor

The humorous treatment of so-called "mercy killing" will certainly provoke some viewers.

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‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon’

Douglas Tirola’s celebration of the '70s comedy institution doesn’t know when to put on the brakes. Nevertheless, its enthusiasm proves infectious.

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In ‘Sleeping With Other People’ She’s a Mess, But He’s Just Fine

Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie play commitment-phobes who pledge to be nonromantic friends in this surprisingly dark, uneven romantic comedy.

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Metal and Mayhem: Presenting ‘Deathgasm’

Jason Lei Howden's delightfully macabre Deathgasm does an excellent job at reviving the corpse of splatter-comedy.

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‘Entourage: The Movie’ - Yeah, It’s Bro Humor, Yeah, It’s Crass, Yeah, It’s Funny

This heavily-panned film adaptation of the hit television series is better than you'd think and more fun when viewed, like the series, at home.

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Oh, Throckmorton! Counting Bad Days With “The Great Gildersleeve”

Gildy's continual laughs, hums, grumbles, yips, and sighs draw his voice from the silky and obsequious into annoyed growls in the new collection from Warner Video.

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The Prolific Judd Apatow Doesn’t Seem so ‘Sick in the Head’

In his recent book, Judd Apatow gives you the greatest party you've never been invited to.

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If We Lose BBC Three, Will We Lose Our Sense of Humor, Too?

With the apparently inevitable closure of BBC Three, comedy lovers will mourn the loss of an important television ally. Will the Internet save it?

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‘Day for Night’ Is a Film Master’s Passionate Ode to His Craft

François Truffaut never produced a more meaningful or downright entertaining tribute to the art of film and filmmaking than 1973's Day for Night.

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‘All American High Revisited’ Is Hardly Typical

Torrance High School was used as the setting for both Beverly Hills 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which may be one reason it seems like a “typical American high school".

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Double Take: ‘The Lady Vanishes’ (1938)

Now you see her; now you don't: Double Take #21 admits to seeing The Lady Vanishes and tries to find its political undercurrent.

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M. Night Shyamalan Returns to Pennsylvania for ‘The Visit’

Grandpa and Grandma's nuttiness is captured on camera by their ambitious -- and terrified -- grandchildren in Shyamalan's latest.

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Visible Language Spoken to Invisible Men: On ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ 8/28/2015

The August 28 episode highlights the "rhetorical schizophrenia" that has poisoned political discourse.

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Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

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"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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