Posts Tagged ‘comedies’
Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon play a very reckless car game in Tammy.

What Makes Tammy Run?

Thoughts on Melissa McCarthy’s ongoing place in Hollywood.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m starting to worry about Melissa McCarthy. Her uproarious performance in Bridesmaids won her an Oscar nomination and vaulted her onto the A-list, but the characters she plays now are all more or less like the one she playe...


Seth MacFarlane takes target practice from a manageable distance in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: A Million Ways to Die in the West (R) Seth MacFarlane stars in his own comedy as a cowardly farmer who must save his Old West town from a killer (Liam Neeson). Also with Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Sey...



Labor Day opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Labor Day (PG-13) Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) directs this adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel starring Kate Winslet as a depressed mother who takes in a wounded escaped convict (Josh Brolin). Also with Gattl...


Aubrey Plaza sucks on a push pop while preparing to go through the items on "The To Do List."

Sex and Brandy

Aubrey Plaza gets freaky, filthy, and funny in The To Do List.
KRISTIAN LIN
Aubrey Plaza gets herself a whole new act in The To Do List, ditching the jaded, sarcastic persona she assumes on TV’s Parks and Recreation to portray a girl who’s wide-eyed and earnest as she takes a self-administered cras...



Sam Rockwell and Liam James ponder the next stage of life at an oceanside water park in The Way, Way Back.

Duncan in Water

Rookie directors make The Way, Way Back into a solid comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Expanding into Tarrant County this week, the agreeable summer comedy The Way, Way Back begins with Duncan (Liam James), a 14-year-old from Albany, in the last place he wants to be: in the back seat of a station wagon driven by ...


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Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

The crowd goes wild, but maybe you had to be there.
STEVE STEWARD
Is comedian Kevin Hart big enough to fill Madison Square Garden? Because I honestly had no idea who he was until I saw his mockumentary, Let Me Explain, at which point I thought, “Oh, he’s the guy who kicked Aziz Ansari in ...



Where others see a default homepage, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn see an opportunity in The Internship.

Googly Oogly Oogly

Comedy stars try to get back with the times in The Internship.
KRISTIAN LIN
Cast your mind back to 2005 for a second, when MySpace was the internet’s hottest website, Desperate Housewives was the most exciting new show on TV, and Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were on top of the comedy world. The two a...


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No Hangover Cure

The final chapter has few hangovers and fewer laughs.
STEVE STEWARD
Have you ever woken up with a hangover so monumental you swore never to drink again? I’m talking 80-proof sweats, a skull full of jackhammers, projectile vomiting, vertigo, and a long list of people you need to apologize to. ...



The Company You Keep opens Friday.

Filml Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Company You Keep (R) Robert Redford directs and stars in this thriller as a former 1960s Weather Underground terrorist who’s forced to run from the law after a young journalist (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his identity...


Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd face the middle of their lives in This Is 40.

Spawn of Knocked Up

Judd Apatow’s fingerprints are all over this week’s comedies.
KRISTIAN LIN
On the one hand, Judd Apatow may just be the defining comic genius of our generation. As a producer, he has discovered and nurtured so many talented actors, writers, and directors that his influence is to be found in places as ...