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4 items from 2012

How I Met Your Mother Review: Dog Days of Autumn

5 November 2012 10:09 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, we had to endure an additional week before tonight's new episode of How I Met Your Mother.

My wait was made even longer, having sat in line for over three hours to gas up my car tonight. By the first commercial break, though, it was clear that "The Autumn of Breakups" was well worth the wait and deserving of some snaps. Maybe even a snap, circle, snap.  

As one of the biggest fans of Marshall and Lily, the high standard to which I hold their performances up to has rendered me open to disappointment for the much of this season. Here, however, the power couple finally flexed its comedic clout and returned to top form in what had to be one of the best opening five minutes in the show's history.

After witnessing their various slaps and snaps, I thought to myself: somewhere in the world »

- (Chris O'Hara)

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'Happy Endings' - 'Big White Lies': Come and knock on our door

29 March 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I'm a young, handsome Ron Popeil... "Big White Lies" tried to pull off a trick that I occasionally see smart sitcoms try, in which they dust off a tired, predictable and stupid plotline from many dumb sitcoms past and try to get away with it by constantly commenting on how stupid and cliché it is. For me, though, it virtually never works(*), because even if you're aware of the stupidity, you're still using it. A bad joke doesn't automatically become funny just because the person telling it knows »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Blake Lively, Channing Tatum, and Jude Law Feeling Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effects’

9 January 2012 10:07 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Less than two weeks before his Haywire punches and kicks into your local multiplex, there’s been a major news break on Steven Soderbegh‘s final theatrical feature — for the near future, that is — The Side Effects. Previously known as The Bitter Pill (after it was known as, well, The Side Effects), his third collaboration with writer Scott Z. Burns is a “psychopharmacology thriller” that tells of the effects medication wreaks on a young, depressed woman.

And now we know who will play her: ThePlaylist has learned that Green Lantern and The Town actress Blake Lively will take center stage for Soderbergh as the main character, Emily Hawkins. But, as Ron Popeil used to say, wait — there’s more. Haywire and Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is getting back in bed with the director as Hawkins’ soon-to-be-released prisoner husband, while Contagion‘s Jude Law will play her new psychiatrist.

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'The Devil Inside' Review (2012)

6 January 2012 8:29 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Devil Inside starts off slow, plays well in the middle and ends with a groan. Coming in at 87 minutes, the first hour or so serves as your standard set-up with a couple of solid scares. Unfortunately this leaves only something like 20 minutes of the worst and most unimaginative parts of the whole thing as it devolves from a faux documentary into a bag of cheap and cliched "found footage" tricks. Not to mention, if you've seen the theatrical trailer, the only part of the film you won't be well ahead of are those final 20 minutes, but once you get there you'll just wish you could hit fast forward.

The story begins as a young woman named Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) heads off to Italy to see if she can help her mother, Maria (Suzan Crowly). Twenty years ago Maria killed three people during an exorcism, was promptly found not guilty for reasons of insanity, »

- Brad Brevet

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