Comedy

The Oscar Nominees: Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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The Oscar Nominees: Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

You’re supposed to be singing about the voices of spring, not the eruption of a volcano. – Shemp Howard It is clear early on that Florence Foster Jenkins really doesn’t know the difference.  She was a terrible singer whose unenviable singing voice emitted squawks comparable to a goose passing bricks instead of eggs.  During World […]

| February 2, 2017
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Ghostbusters (2016)

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Ghostbusters (2016)

Well . . . at the very least you can say it’s better than Ghostbusters 2. Amid all the gnashing and biting over this movie in the past two years, I have tried to remain mum about it.  The movie is unnecessary, for sure, but in the end it isn’t the disaster that the naysayers […]

| July 14, 2016
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Keanu (2016)

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Keanu (2016)

Keanu might very well be the cutest violent action comedy that I’ve ever seen.  Seriously, it’s adorable.  It features a kitten that draws the “awwwww” from the audience every time it mews, but it’s surrounded by violence at every turn.  There’s a moment in this movie when we see a severed hand in the foreground […]

| May 1, 2016
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Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

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Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

Nostalgia these days is a dime a dozen.  Go to your local retail store and you can see that it has practically become a cottage industry.  It doesn’t take much to make nostalgia into a visual feast, but it takes a steady hand to give you the pure feel for something that takes you back.  […]

| April 25, 2016
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Deadpool (2016)

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Deadpool (2016)

If I have a lingering complaint about the output of the Superhero Industrial Complex, it’s that the films need a healthy dose of humor. Too often these giant action epics get wrapped up in so much apocalyptic dread that they become too serious for their own good. Deadpool doesn’t have that problem. Here is a […]

| February 22, 2016
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Joy (2015)

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Joy (2015)

There is a breaking point for most people, when the soul-crushing frenzy of everyday life brings them face to face with the inevitability that three things are possible for them: a nervous breakdown, a burst of brilliant inspiration, or the all-consuming threat that the rest of their life may become a den of mediocrity and […]

| February 18, 2016
Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

One of the things that you start to notice after you’ve taken several of the journeys of Joel and Ethan Coen is that often when you get to the end you’ve sort of arrived back at the beginning. Little headway has been made though a few lessons have been learned. There is a glorious life-goes-on-quality […]

| February 9, 2016
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The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

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The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

It occurs to me that the worst thing that can ever happen to a comedian is to reach a point at which the general audience moves from “What has happened to you?” to the lower depths of “How do you keep getting work?” Such is the commentary on Adam Sandler whose recent spate of disastrous […]

| December 11, 2015
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