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Thursday, February 23 2012

Why I Dumped Ricky Gervais for Karl Pilkington (but Am Still Seeing Stephen Merchant on the Side)

Did the record breaking Ricky Gervais Show podcast give insight into the real people behind it? Or were they just three more brilliant comic creations?


Reviews

Tuesday, September 16 2014

'This Is Where I Leave You': Family Dramedy Revisited

This, of course, is how such concoctions work: all supporting players tell you something about the original squabbling family members, and each of these tells you something about the primary family member.


Wednesday, June 12 2013

It's a Double-Act Schtick in 'The Internship'

Like the '80s movies The Internship references, it's easy to imagine catching this one on cable in a few years, and giving in to its watchable, goodhearted charms.


Thursday, October 6 2011

'Real Steel' Is Adept at Squandering Its Own Fun Ideas

Real Steel sounds like a streamlined, more human, less bombastic version of Transformers, but turns out to be just as adept at squandering its own fun ideas.


Tuesday, August 10 2010

'Date Night': Blitzkrieg Blah

This weak-kneed comedy is guilty of many sins, the most surprising of which is the utter and complete miscasting of Steve Carell and Tina Fey.


Thursday, April 8 2010

Date Night

In timing, delivery, and charisma, Tina Fey and Steve Carell are exactly who they always are, and this is a good thing.


Blogs

Friday, October 7 2011

'Real Steel' is Real Dumb

Channeling Spielberg...as well as dozens of Popcorn King imitators, (the director) winds up delivering a braindead blockbuster that is guaranteed to generate income, if not entertainment.


Wednesday, May 11 2011

You Must Be "Kidding": The 'Real Steel' Trailer

Real Steel appears to be Michael Bay by way of Mattel, a console title waiting for IGN and Attack of the Show to sing its replay value praises.


Monday, May 3 2010

The Five Worst Films of Spring 2010

While we still have an astonishing nine more months until this year is officially over, one wonders how high up some of these turkeys will land come final annual aesthetic tally time. More disconcerting is the notion that, indeed, things can and WILL get worse.


Tuesday, April 13 2010

Why Shawn Levy Is the Antichrist

Levy, like the similarly styled underachieving brethren he's inspired, never strives to be anything more than below average. They view their "C -" student status with a kind of pride, especially since the great unwashed feel compelled to do little except reward them


Friday, April 9 2010

This 'Date' is Disastrous For Everyone: Actors and Audience

Nothing is more frustrating than seeing potential wasted or put to poor use. With names like John Klausner and Shawn Levy behind the scenes, however, this movie didn't stand a chance.


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