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Is ‘Gemma Bovery’ Serious, Slapstick, Tragic, Romantic or Twee?

Unsure of the right tone to take, and weighed down by a dispiriting bunch of characters, Gemma Bovery is, unfortunately, the sum of all its parts

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Audiences Will Have No Fun on This ‘Vacation’

Instead of finding a way to channel the original film's clever cluelessness, this new take on the material is all gross-out gags from two decades ago.

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‘Pixels’ Can’t Survive It’s Hackneyed Script

Other elements of the movie almost work. The screenplay definitely doesn't.

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‘Trainwreck’ Isn’t Enough of One

Amy Schumer’s rom-com isn’t the raunch fest that Trainwreck's pre-release hype has promised. It’s more like a typical Judd Apatow movie about childish adults growing up.

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The Emotional Depth of ‘The Last Five Years’ Helps Elevate Its Simple Narrative

Even when narrative tension is lacking, The Last Five Years benefits from the convincing performances of its lead actors.

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The Maltese Spin-Offs: ‘Satan Met a Lady’ and ‘The Maltese Bippy’

These are not the gospel according to Dashiell Hammett.

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‘Tangerine’ Is a Raucous, Gorgeous Comedy of Errors

This is a sprawling, generous examination of how lies intersect with truths, and especially, how gender identities occasion such intersection.

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‘Minions’ Is a Big Yellow Blur

Like most kid franchise spinoffs, this headache-inducing snooze from the Despicable Me team is just a cash grab.

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‘What We Did On Our Holiday’ Finds Order in Chaos

This seems like a primer on how to do divorce badly. But it also gets at a broader theme: how truth and lies shape lives.

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‘In Stereo’ Is More Than Just Young Creatives in Love, in New York, Again

Details make In Stereo a better movie than its many clichés might suggest.

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‘Ted 2’ Is Smarter and Smuttier Than Your Average Bear

Ted 2 is uproariously funny, with just enough sprinkling of social satire to stretch this already thin premise into a satisfying sequel.

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What’s So Funny About Atheism?

Since New Atheists have done a stand-up job of elucidating the illusions of religious belief, why not point out some of the logical absurdities of atheism?

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‘Dope’ and the Adventures of Nerds in the Hood

The kitchen-sink plotting of Rick Famuyiwa’s antic retro-nerd teen comedy borders on the desperate, but its brash, can’t-box-me-in spirit wins out in the end.

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9 Jun 2015 // 4:00 AM

Twenty Years Into Her Career, Margaret Cho Is Just Getting Started

From her standup tours to the Golden Globes to her new comedy Tooken, Margaret Cho is an unstoppable force, and one that tells us she might be going behind the camera soon.

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Comedy No Longer Central to TV Networks’ Prime-time Programming

Here’s a telling fact: This will be the first time since 1949 that CBS hasn’t kicked off Mondays with a comedy.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Is a Nonsensical Copy-and-Paste Job

Pitch Perfect 2 is not very new, seeming awfully like a combination cover and mash-up of the first movie.

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Amy Schumer Parodies ‘Friday Night Lights’ and Skewers Rape Culture in “Football Town Nights”

The excellent third season of Inside Amy Schumer features this gut-bustingly funny segment that exposes the absurdity of rape apologia.

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‘Hot Pursuit’ Substitutes Hate for Humor

Hot Pursuit is a sexist screed in which women are reduced to ridiculous gender stereotypes all for the sake of laughs -- which are nonexistent.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Comes Back for a Third Season on Netflix This June

Netflix's highly successful comedy/drama series documenting the lives of women inmates will kick off the summer TV season on a wave of anticipation.

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The ‘Entourage’ Movie Is the Essence of Axe Body Spray in Film Form

HBO's eight season series Entourage now has a film, which answers the question: "How can one transform cocaine into cinema?"

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