Articles tagged comedy

Where G.K. Chesterton and B.F. Skinner Meet: On Real Time with Bill Maher, 21 August 2015

The 21 August edition of Real Time with Bill Maher highlights the imbalance between the good politician, just yet already defeated, and the bad, given to nationalistic pandering and demagoguery.

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Laugh, Cry or Die: The Funny Young Women of Contemporary British Fiction

Unlike their "angry young men" predecessors, Caitlin Moran and Emma Jane Unsworth bring a sense of humor to the grit and grind of working-class life.

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Someone Sprayed Paraquat on ‘American Ultra’

This movie will harsh your buzz, man.

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Al Pacino Is the Showstopper in ‘Danny Collins’

Al Pacino steals the show as Danny Collins in a feel-good redemption story that also happens to be his best role in many years.

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The First Wave of Releases in ‘The Films of Charlie Chaplin’ Find the Tramp at His Comic Peak

The Kid, The Gold Rush and The Circus prove that the years have done nothing to diminish the brilliance of Chaplin's early comedy.

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‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ Isn’t All Just Fluff

Aardman Studios' stop-motion film introduces basic yet layered characters and sends them on clever, oftentimes funny adventures.

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‘Hackers’ Proved to Be Ahead of Its Time

Initially received with mixed reviews, Hackers has become something of a cult classic whose plot eerily makes more sense today than when it did when it was released.

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‘The High Cost of Loving’ May Be Dull But It Isn’t Dumb

Suburban comedy as middle-class malaise.

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14 Aug 2015 // 12:16 PM

Amy Schumer Soars with the Rise of the Supercomic

At 34, Schumer is benefiting from the rise of the supercomedian, the elite group of stand-up comics who have been catapulted into the kind of fame once reserved for rock stars.

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14 Aug 2015 // 11:37 AM

‘Ferrell Takes the Field’ Debuts Sept. 12 on HBO

Funny Or Die teams up with HBO for the 9/12 special Ferrell Takes the Field.

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‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ = CIA + KGB + Girl

For all its archness and cleverness, for all its showy self-awareness, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. can't come up with a new idea.

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‘2 Broke Girls’ Is on the Way to Comedy Bankruptcy

While it has moments that make you think about laughing, this sitcom relies heavily on poorly delivered re-hashings of the same tired jokes.

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Esoteric Musings in ‘Love Unto Death’ and ‘Life is a Bed of Roses’

These two films by Alain Resnais are moody, mysterious and stylish exercises in self-indulgence.

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‘Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist’ Is Older But Still Wise and Just As Funny

While this show is as funny now as it was when it first aired 20 years ago, the passing of time has given it even greater cultural meaning.

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7 Aug 2015 // 10:17 AM

‘The Muppets’ Returns This Fall on ABC

In a fall TV season characterized by remakes, reboots and other forms of regurgitation, ABC’s The Muppets looks to be one of the better viewing options among a familiar, mostly disappointing lot.

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5 Aug 2015 // 1:11 PM

It’s ‘Difficult’ Yet Painfully Entertaining

Hulu’s new half-hour comedy Difficult People, which becomes available Wednesday, is about real narcissism.

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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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'Game Art': Letting the Developers Speak

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"In Game Art, Matt Sainsbury is asking questions of video game developers that one might ask a movie director or a novelist or a painter.

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