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Review: 'Tammy' Starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon And Mark Duplass

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 1, 2014 12:45 PM
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Tammy
The marketing campaign for "Tammy," the new Melissa McCarthy comedy, has always been somewhat baffling. Instead of a straight-up teaser, Warner Bros chose to release a snippet of a single scene, where McCarthy's titular character was robbing a greasy fast food restaurant. It was funny enough, but it didn't get you any closer to understanding what the movie was actually about. The fact that this elliptical teaser was the cornerstone of the entire promotional campaign did, however, tell you something: that if anyone understood what the actual movie consisted of, they'd probably stay away in droves. Because "Tammy" is a boring, unfunny road movie that limps along idly, consisting of a string of nonsensical set pieces and halfhearted stabs at character development that come across as off-putting and odd. As soon as our screening ended, a woman behind us sighed and said, "That was uncomfortable." We couldn't agree more.

Marion Cotillard Joins 'Mal de Pierres,' Dave Franco Joins James Franco's 'The Room' Movie & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2014 5:39 PM
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The Immigrant
We're halfway through 2014, and Marion Cotillard has already delivered two performances worthy of attention. She earned no shortage of raves for her turn in the Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night" (review here) and she shines in James Gray's "The Immigrant." And now, here's another project to put on your radar.

Review: Clark Gregg's 'Trust Me' Starring Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell & Saxon Sharbino

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 6, 2014 4:40 PM
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It takes some audacity to open your film with an homage to "Sunset Boulevard," but that doesn't seem to worry Clark Gregg. A journeyman actor valued by filmmakers like David Mamet, Gregg has had a dynamic few years, making his directorial debut with Chuck Palahniuk adaptation "Choke" and an attention-getting role in "The Avengers." Bold as all that may be, he has used this clout to front "Trust Me" as both an actor and director, and you wonder if this reliable screen vet isn't stretching himself a bit thin at this point.

Watch: Trailer For Clark Gregg's Hollywood Satire 'Trust Me' With Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2014 5:59 PM
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Killed off in "The Avengers," and brought back to life for "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Clark Gregg hasn't had much time to rest from his superhero duties, but he did manage enough time to knock out a sophomore directorial effort with "Trust Me." And after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, it's now headed to theatres and the first trailer has arrived.

Tom Hardy Joins Musical 'London Road,' Ryan Reynolds Visits 'Woman In Gold' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 4, 2014 9:00 AM
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He may have starred in two of the worst blockbusters of recent years -- “Green Lantern” and “R.I.P.D.” -- but don’t hold that against him, given the right film and role (like in this year’s “The Voices”) Ryan Reynolds can shine. Deadline reports Reynolds will stay in the arthouse world with a role in the Helen Mirren-starring “Woman In Gold” alongside Daniel Bruhl, who’s in negotiations with The Weinstein Company.

Review: Jason Bateman's 'Bad Words' Has Lots Of Them, But Few Are Actually Funny

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2014 6:08 PM
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Bad Words
The past few years have seen the R-rated comedy rise in popularity with audiences, in acclaim with critics and, most importantly, in dollars at the box office. But while successes like "The Hangover" (the first one only) and "Bridesmaids" are pinnacle examples of using the adults-only rating to raunchy perfection, there are handfuls more that simply think a wacky premise and salty language are the only ingredients you need for comedy. What many of these films don't understand is that without smart context or clever delivery, the punch and power of cursing or even the salaciousness of a well-placed breast doesn't work. And while Jason Bateman's directorial debut "Bad Words" undoubtedly uses a lot of them, few add up to any genuine comedy.

TIFF Review: Jason Bateman's Directorial Debut 'Bad Words'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2013 8:58 AM
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Bad Words, Jason Bateman
The past few years have seen the R-rated comedy rise in popularity with audiences, in acclaim with critics and, most importantly, in dollars at the box office. But while successes like "The Hangover" (the first one only) and "Bridesmaids" are pinnacle examples of using the adults-only rating to raunchy perfection, there are handfuls more that simply think a wacky premise and salty language are the only ingredients you need for comedy. What many of these films don't understand is that without smart context or clever delivery, the punch and power of cursing or even the salaciousness of a well-placed breast doesn't work. And while Jason Bateman's directorial debut "Bad Words" undoubtedly uses a lot of them, few add up to any genuine comedy.

Review: Lynn Shelton's 'Touchy Feely' Starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page & Josh Pais

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 6, 2013 4:04 PM
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Touchy Feely Rosemarie DeWitt
There's a strange and opaque energy coursing through the veins of Lynn Shelton's languid fifth feature-length effort, "Touchy Feely." It's a little mysterious, to the film’s moody credit, and it’s a little unavailable and removed, to its detriment. Lead actress Rosemarie DeWitt admitted, "I didn't really understand the character when I read the script," in the post Sundance Q&A. "But then I told her I didn't understand her either," Shelton explained. And not only does this sentiment ring true, it’s this mild inscrutableness that muddies this often compelling, occasionally sublime, but ultimately uneven family drama about energy, connections (missed or otherwise) and healing.

Watch: Trailer For Steven Spielberg Produced JFK TV Doc 'Letters To Jackie' Featuring All-Star Voice Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 2:26 PM
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This fall will mark fifty years since November 22, 1963 -- a date that continues to haunt American history. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it seemed to mark an undeniable shift in the country, away from the positivity and hope that followed War War II, into a more fraught and frightened era with more wars overseas, social and political upheaval and much more. To mark the anniversary, there will undoubtedly be a ton of programming and films to choose from, and this is one of them.

Watch: Trailer For Dramedy 'Touchy Feely' Starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page & Scoot McNairy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 3:17 PM
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Premiering at Sundance earlier this year, "Touchy Feely" was a movie that didn't quite connect with us (read our review). That being said, this new trailer for the movie reminded our reviewer of the great moments contained within, and this cast is certainly worth seeing in any movie, no matter what.

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