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Ron Burgundy and the Sorry State of Journalism

I didn't expect Anchorman 2 to be something the first Anchorman was not at all: a relevant, and dare I even say intelligent, satire on the state of news reporting in the US.

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Land of the Lost

Lack of understanding and planning is the unclever premise of Land of the Lost.

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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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Celulloid Culpability - Top 10 Film Guilty Pleasures of 2008

Like comedy or music, one's choice in cinematic pleasure can be very personal - and very peculiar. Take this tantalizing list of shameful indulgences. You can argue over their artistic value, but their individuals rewards definitely speak to those who champion them.

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Step Brothers

They're hostile, irritable, and unemployable; it's hilarious but also unsettling.

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Step Brothers

In Step Brothers, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) is the ideal audience, the girl who can't fathom the anti-nuances of masculine ritual.

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Semi-Pro

It wouldn't hurt to keep Ferrell out of the locker room for a few years or more.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: July 2008

And it just doesn't stop. If part two in this three-ring play was packed with well hyped product, July just keeps the receipt treats coming.

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Semi-Pro

For viewers who are already tired of the Will Ferrell sports spoof, the new installment is more of the same. For those who love the films, it is also... more of the same.

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Blades of Glory

It takes genuine pros to make the mock-sport movie look like a worthwhile competition. A brisk, disposable amusement.

Jesse Hassenger
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Blades of Glory (2007)

As pleased with itself as any other Will Ferrell comedy, Blades of Glory targets buddy and sports movie conventions, and -- oh yes -- ponders the profound gayness of figure skating.

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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Stranger than Fiction isn’t sure if it wants to be a comedy that relies on stereotypes in order to accentuate the humor, or a drama with the absurdities played as deadpan as possible.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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The PopMatters 'Short Ends & Leader' Spring Film Preview

In order to separate the worthy from the worthless, PopMatters' "Short Ends & Leader" editor is highlighting 10 new films he's looking forward to this spring.

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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Maybe Professor Hilbert knows exactly how right he is, given the film's relentless archness: it knows that you know that it knows it's meta.

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

As much as Ricky Bobby's racing career is about going fast, it's even more cogently about products, lots of 'em.

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The Producers (2005)

No one can be wholly ruined in a big fat sardonic musical, a form demanding grandeur, gaucheness, and above all, giddy delights. Unfortunately, this movie musical rather forgets the movie part.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Bewitched (2005)

As Jack goes overboard in usual Ferrellian fashion, Isabel's insistence that he is the perfect mate for her go-normal plan never makes sense.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Bewitched (2005)

Like most movies starring Will Ferrell and all movies based on TV series, this one tries too hard.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Mike Ditka has the most fun here, announcing to his young charges, 'I eat quitters for breakfast and I spit out their bones.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Anchorman -- The Legend of Ron Burgundy Giftset (2004)

Will Ferrell's comedy is escapism as abstract art, a breathless retreat into the frenetic headspace of a 12-year-old boy.

Dan Devine
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Sputtering, Ron cites scientific fact to support his outrage: 'You're just a woman, with a small brain.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Who could have anticipated that Snoop would be the saving grace of a major studio buddy flick?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Elf (2003)

Crass and cunning: 'tis the season.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Old School (2003)

Peddling the same jokes and ideas as countless other undistinguished 'Animal House' wannabes, 'Old School' is too dutiful for its own good.

Elbert Ventura

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