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The Wizards of Wall Street: THE BIG SHORT Film Review

By at December 25, 2015 | 4:01 pm | 2 Comments

The Wizards of Wall Street: THE BIG SHORT Film Review

4.5 / 5 stars If you don’t think hard-hitting humor is appropriate for global economic disaster, consider The Big Short. According to the film, based on Michael Lewis’s book, the 2008 housing crisis / banking debacle was caused by such a powerful vortex of morons and cheats, you just have to laugh. Or scream. So the offbeat and exceptional choice of Adam McKay more...

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The Other Amy Schumer Show: TRAINWRECK Film Review

By at October 29, 2015 | 5:57 am | 0 Comment

The Other Amy Schumer Show: TRAINWRECK Film Review

3 / 5 stars By the time Trainwreck reaches its crowd-pleasing finale, you have to be thinking: Which scenes would I have cut from this film? This can be a common consideration when watching a movie directed by Judd Apatow, whose last four comedies all clock in at two-plus hours. Yes, Trainwreck is a celebratory showcase of It Girl Amy Schumer’s ample writing and more...

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Training Days: RESULTS Film Review

By at June 13, 2015 | 10:36 am | 1 Comments

Training Days: RESULTS Film Review

4 / 5 stars Defining Andrew Bujalski’s Results as a "romantic comedy" or "love triangle" seems appropriate at first. But the genre format doesn't hold, quickly dissolving in this tangled story of two health nuts and a rich slob. The dialogue inhabits its own space, with an originality that Hollywood writers either don’t use or don’t get. And little surprises more...

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The Vagina Dialogues: OBVIOUS CHILD Film Review

By at October 27, 2014 | 10:54 pm | 0 Comment

The Vagina Dialogues: OBVIOUS CHILD Film Review

4 / 5 stars If Juno had a smarter, more mature older sister, it would be Obvious Child. Replace the wiseass chatter of Ellen Page’s pregnant teen with the considerably more complex anxieties of Jenny Slate’s equally pregnant, somewhat stunted adult, and you’re just about there. Add in writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s ease with witty relationship dialogue more...

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