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Review: 'Ping Pong Summer' Is A Charming Indie Comedy Dunked In Nostalgia But Lacking In Depth

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 6, 2014 1:25 PM
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Ping Pong Summer
What’s fascinating and kind of fun about Michael Tully’s charmingly low rent “Ping Pong Summer” is that it is a movie set in the Me Decade that is based almost exclusively on nostalgia. It doesn’t just help the movie get past the finish line; it props it up and holds it together. Without such a heavy emphasis on heart-shaped nostalgia, “Ping Pong Summer” would be nothing.

Tribeca Review: ‘Goodbye To All That’ Starring Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Anna Camp & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 25, 2014 4:16 PM
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Goodbye To All That
Shades of grey are important to well-rounded portraits of human beings. Otto Wall is not a total fuck up. He has a job, a marriage and is a loving father to his 9-year-old daughter Eddie. But Otto Wall doesn’t quite have his shit together either. Just a tad irresponsible and perennially unlucky, Otto’s not quite unreliable, but he’s seemingly also just a little bit… defective. A careless driving accident that lands him in the hospital and mercifully doesn’t harm his daughter appears to be keeping in character. But it also acts as a catalyst for his exasperated wife Annie. So Otto is utterly blindsided when Annie, sick of it all, files for a divorce.

Watch: New Trailer For Sundance Comedy 'Ping Pong Summer' With Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 3:31 PM
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Ping Pong Summer
You try and do what you can at film festivals, and sometimes scheduling sleeping/eating/screenings just doesn't work out. So this past January at Sundance, "Ping Pong Summer" just didn't make it onto our radar, but the buzz seemed to be good both there and at SXSW (where we missed it again), but the movie is coming to theaters so perhaps finally we'll see this thing.

Watch: First Clip From Jon Favreau's 'Chef' Premiering At SXSW Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2014 3:10 PM
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Chef
In the next film from Jon Favreau, you won't see any Marvel superheroes, cowboys, aliens or elves from the North Pole lost in New York City. Instead, just a man with the modest ambition of trying to get a food truck off the ground.

Melanie Lynskey & Paul Schneider Say 'Goodbye To All That'; Nate Parker Goes 'Non-Stop'; Adam Brody Has A 'Baggage Claim' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 8, 2012 11:02 AM
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In today’s casting round-up, we have updates on a screenwriter’s directorial debut, another airplane-set thriller, an indie comedy about a man and his genitalia, and a romantic comedy set around a flight attendant.

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