"Couple's Retreat" is a sitcom episode masquerading as a feature film.
Three new comedies and the re-release of two animated classics hit theaters simultaneously this Friday, and incredibly, all are worth seeing.
Has there ever been a more appropriate week to review a movie called "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs?"
"Jennifer's Body" is the perfect movie at the perfect time for Megan Fox. She has become a huge star without playing a single lead role or having to really act at all (something even she admits). She has built a career on rocking red carpets and lending her eye candy to action movies.
For most of 2009, optimism has been in shorter supply than H1N1 vaccines. I'm happy to inject a dose of good news by telling you things are about to get better - at the movies, at least.
Writer/director Mike Judge captures the hilarity of the workplace as well as anyone. His "Office Space" (an American classic, in my opinion) and "Idiocracy" both flopped in their theatrical runs but have become DVD hits.
Quentin Tarantino's films have been called many things: brilliant, self-indulgent, operatic, ultra-violent, hyperkinetic, irresponsible, and more. But never has Tarantino been boring. Until now.
There aren't enough quality movies made for young women, and "Post Grad" does nothing to improve the situation.
Everybody could use a good laugh these days, and humor right now seems all the more fun if we feel we're getting away with something. In other words, it's a great time for a guilty pleasure comedy.
A reviewer friend once asked me if it is acceptable to praise a movie for what it's not. After seeing "Julie & Julia," I'm finally ready to answer: "Yes!"
Judd Apatow has decided to grow up, and we should all rejoice. "Funny People" is only the third movie directed by Apatow ("40-Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up"), but his production company has dominated American comedy for years now (his production credits include "Talladega Nights," "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express"). The Apatow films have all focused on exactly three themes: teenage angst, coming of age late in life and bromance. "Funny People" doesn't exactly depart completely ...
Sitting through "Orphan" is like being forced, like Alex in "A Clockwork Orange," to watch videos of child abuse. This is easily the worst film of the year, and it exploits child actors so shamelessly I can scarcely believe it's legal. I've seen plenty of bad movies, but it's a rare film that sends me into moral outrage.
Harry Potter comes to our rescue this week. The sixth installment of the Potter series will undoubtedly banish all gay caricatures and obnoxious robots to the bottom of the box office top 10, even though the movie doesn't offer the pyrotechnics we usually expect during summer.
What kind of a world do we live in when "Brüno" opens to fanfare and a wide release, yet an instant science fiction classic like "Moon" barely makes it to theaters?
"Public Enemies" makes a rather strange midsummer release. This somber gangster piece set in the 1930s comes out at a time when transforming robots and Sacha Baron Cohen's latest affront to comedic taste ("Bruno") look sure to rule the box office for weeks.
"Mayan Blue" is an atypical Georgia film. Most of the crew either come from or live in North Georgia, yet the film was shot entirely in Guatemala and features an abundance of breathtaking underwater cinematography.
Sandwiched among the usual superheroes and science-fiction epics comes a very odd summer tentpole release, an extravagant, big budget adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary masterpiece, "The Great Gatsby," directed by Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge!", "Romeo + Juliet") and in 3-D.
Last week we looked at the upcoming movies for summer 2013 in the action and drama categories. This week, we finish the season's preview lineup with a peek at family flicks and movies to make us laugh.
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