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'The Lady Eve' Indulges Preston Sturges' Humor, Both Literate and Broad

Preston Sturges' The Lady Eve is layered with texture and substance draped in the gleeful prurience of a master of slapstick and romance who could write foolish millionaires with the same deft ear as cultured hooligans.

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'Southside With You' Is Strong on National Character

The Obama Administration is a testament to rising from progressive grassroots politics to The White House, and a small scale indie is an ideal medium for the Obama family’s origin story.

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Aziz Ansari Reverses Gender Roles in 'Master of None'

Master of None was made for millennial men who can relate to Dev’s relationship struggles.

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Graeme Simsion's Feel Good Inc. Novel, 'The Rosie Project'

For most of the ride, The Rosie Project is a crowd-pleasing read, and a rarity in Chick Lit circles: a romance for women that men wouldn’t be embarrassed to pick up.

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Jason Segel is The Consummate Everyday Man in 'The Five-Year Engagement'

While some comedies take themselves too seriously or not serious enough to highlight both comedic and dramatic moments, Jason Segel’s writing straddles both worlds and settles for realism, instead.

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'Friends with Kids' Can't Commit to its Own Cynicism

Even if Friends with Kids managed to stick to the questionable beliefs it touts for the majority of its time, it would have been problematic. But at least it would have been consistent.

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'Romantics Anonymous' Is a Light Confection of a Film

There is far more sweetness than bitterness in this new film by Jean-Pierre Améris — in chocolatier terms, it’s maybe ten percent cocoa solids.

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'Friends with Benefits' Plays Against Type and Fails

Just as we become comfortable with the new friendship, and their sexual arrangement, like most friends with benefits relationships it begins to slowly unravel and reveal itself as the clichéd romantic comedy it advertises that it isn't.

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Compelling but Uneven, the Two Leads Carry 'Love and Other Drugs' with Charm

An up-and-coming pharmaceutical sales rep and an artist with early-onset Parkinson's are stubborn anti-romantics, but they can't help but fall for one another.

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'Love in a Headscarf': True Love Will Find You in the End

This memoir is written like a British Muslim version of Sex and the City, just without the fashion porn – unless, of course, wearing the hijab can be considered to be just as fashionable as it is spiritual.

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Shall We Kiss?

This is repetitive and subdued, but those looking for a little less fluff in their romantic comedies would be well to do by renting this French export.


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