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Ted 2

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Thunder Buddies — John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voice work by writer-director Seth MacFarlane) — are back and seeking to establish personhood for Ted so that he and his new bride Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) can have a baby together (a grown woman wants to have a baby with a teddy bear — don’t ask).  

Magic Mike XXL

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Curiosity dominated the critical conversation when Academy Award-winning renaissance man Steven Soderbergh teamed up with Channing Tatum, the lantern-jawed heartthrob who danced his way into our pop cultural consciousness in Step Up (and starred more recently in Foxcatcher and the ongoing 21 Jump Street franchise).   

Thomas Mann: From ‘Project X’ to ‘The Dying Girl’

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Weaned on ludicrous white-male teen fantasies like Risky Business and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (the whole John Hughes oeuvre, really), even as an adult I have to admit to a partiality toward movies in which the teen heroes live in a world gloriously beyond the attention of parents who bear more than a passing resemblance to police and other authority figures.   

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Films centering on teens dealing with terminal illnesses have come a long way in a relatively short time.  

Perspective — Not Paradise — is Lost in ‘Escobar’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Earlier this year, in McFarland, USA (from director Niki Caro) —featuring Kevin Costner as Jim White, the reluctant yet devoted coach of a cross-country team in a small migrant community in California — we experienced life through the eyes and situation of White and his resilient all-American family.  


0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) has been rather quiet since Brown Sugar back in 2002, with only one other feature as a writer-director (2010’s Our Family Wedding) and a screenplay credit for Talk to Me in 2007.   

Inside Out

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
As a parent of two teenage daughters, I’m not sure I was ever all that convinced I needed to get a bird’s eye view inside the minds of teenage girls, but directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen provide a deft and loving glimpse into the life of a young girl named Riley.

Life is Like a Box of Explosives

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I have to admit that sometimes, as a working critic, I love to read the buzz on films to get a sense of the general consensus.  

Beyond the Mask

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The mask in question from feature debut screenwriter Paul McCusker and director Chad Burns (Pendragon: Sword of His Father) is one of identity.   

Live From New York!

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Celebrating 40 years of Saturday Night Live, this documentary from Vietnamese-American filmmaker Bao Nguyen (documentary shorts A Tree Falls in the Forest, Julian) focuses on the early years of the show.