Articles tagged nia vardalos, rachel dratch, john corbett, i hate valentine's day, female directors

‘Helicopter Mom’ Depicts an Overbearing Mom With Overbearing Stereotypes

Any potentially forward-thinking ideas Helicopter Mom has are drowned out in the labels the film puts on itself.

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Toni Collette Shows Her Good Parts in The Final Season of ‘United States of Tara’

With consistent fantastic writing across the board for all three seasons, and an always innovative perspective on a widely ignored mental illness, it’s easy to deduce that we got all of Tara’s good parts -- from start to finish.

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Actresses Shining Behind The Cameras

Many columns have been devoted to the successful transitions of actors such as Clint Eastwood and Ben Affleck from acting into directing, but who are some of the women that have excelled behind the camera?

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5 Jun 2009 // 1:45 AM

My Life in Ruins

Georgia is so similar to Nia Vardalos' character in My Big Fat Greek Wedding that My Life in Ruins comes across as self-indulgent and frankly, lazy.

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Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.

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11 Feb 2009 // 11:22 AM

Fast chat with ‘30 Rock’ co-star Jane Krakowski

No one would ever have to ask Jane Krakowski what her astrological sign is. She’s a die-hard Libra, always looking for balance in everything

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Oscar-winning ‘Juno’ screenwriter turns to TV with new Showtime series

Starline Tours, a noble institution that crams out-of-towners into minibuses for the chance to see Matthew Perry’s gardener pruning the hedges, recently dropped by

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18 Jan 2009 // 12:00 AM

United States of Tara

Tara (Toni Collette) and her relatives try to fit in and never quite make it, but find love and support along the way, tempered by the occasional humiliation.

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Back to Basics - The 30 Best TV Shows of 2008

The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.

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High Redefinition: The 30 Best TV Shows of 2007

In memoriam of a TV season cut down before its prime time, PopMatters staff celebrates the Top 30 TV Shows of 2007. Some are old favorites. Others have barely made their impression felt. But at a time when all broadcast fortunes are up in the air, they definitely deserve the recognition.

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16 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

30 Rock

With American Gladiators outdrawing its scripted predecessors, it's hard not to feel a pang of dread that 30 Rock, the most writer-centric sitcom in recent memory, might become the strike's first casualty.

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2 Feb 2007 // 12:30 AM

The Messengers (2007)

Another scary house movie, another family in crisis. And especially, another lithe but steely girl in danger.

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Net-Works: The Best TV of 2006

You won't have to look far along your television dial to discover the Top TV picks from PopMatters staff. From 20 upward, each entry represents the boob tube at its best.

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17 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

30 Rock: Series Premiere

Whether Fey the writer lacked willingness to insert any 'edgy' material into her show or Fey the producer removed it is irrelevant. The result is the same: a show neutered beyond relevance and devoid of entertainment value.

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2 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bigger than the Sky (2005)

Bigger than the Sky starts off with its heart in the right place and ends up with almost none at all.

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13 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Raising Helen (2004)

'Raising Helen's a happy, peppy picture, with Kate Hudson and her legs,' says Garry Marshall.

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28 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Raising Helen (2004)

Helen's initial efforts to maintain her previous life are as glib as her inheritance of the children.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Sex and the City

Underneath its slinky-gown allure, 'Sex and the City' is starting to resemble a bare-assed 'Friends' sliding into the flabby ennui of a post-millennial 'thirtysomething'.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Serendipity (2001)

'Serendipity' offers absolutely no surprises -- and therefore, no unpleasant ones.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Dinner Rush (2001)

What is it about food movies that makes critics and arthouse audiences drool?.

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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