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Won't You Be My "Neighbors"?
7 hours ago
It has been awhile since I’ve seen a good movie come rolling off the Judd Apatow and Friends assembly line. I’m not entirely sure if that is because I have not seen any of them in awhile (never bothered with This is 40) or if they have all just been rather awful (was not a fan of Funny People); I imagine it is likely a combination of the two. It’s definitely not my maturity level that is to blame; I can still watch Superbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express over and over and snort with laughter at crass jokes I have heard a million times before. But lately, any new films featuring Seth Rogen’s gravelly tones, billowing clouds of marijuana smoke and obvious Jewish jokes have just not been at the top of my to-watch list. However, Neighbors pleasantly surprised my low expectations, »
- Lee Jutton
"The Stream" Overruns With Good Intentions, If Not Talent
8 hours ago
It is really hard to be critical of a movie that was essentially made for charity. The majority of the proceeds of The Stream go to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of America (Bgca) and its youth development programs, and I don’t really want to stand in the way of a good cause. Not only that, but according to the film’s website, “Nearly 200 kids from Bgca worked behind the camera or in the editing bay.” This makes me feel conflicted. On one hand, it is great that these kids were given the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of filmmaking; it is an opportunity I wish I could have had as a teenager. On the other hand, it explains why so much of The Stream feels childlike and amateurish. It often feels like you are watching a student film, one that the student director’s friends and family »
- Lee Jutton
We All Will Be Received (Amiably Enough) In "Graceland"
18 hours ago
Graceland follows the “merry band of misfits” from the FBI, DEA, and Ice living together in the titular beachside mansion seized by the Government from an incarcerated drug lord. Broadway’s Aaron Tveit, famous on the Great White Way for headlining Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can, stars as Mike Warren, a fresh agent right out of Quantico. With top scores, bested only by his new training officer and de facto King of Graceland, Paul Briggs (Rescue Me’s Daniel Sunjata), Warren scurries to prove himself as an undercover operative worthy of his housemates’ respect.
- Kyle North