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The Most Underrated And Underseen Films Of 2014 So Far

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 16, 2014 2:28 PM
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Underrated/Underseen 2014
No one can see everything. Particularly with prestige TV now competing for our attention, there's a lot of cultural noise out there even for the most hardcore cinephile, and with upwards of a dozen movies being released in major cities every week (not to mention VOD), it's easy for a great movie to get lost in the mix. Well, that's where we come in.

25 Years After 'When Harry Met Sally,' Can The Rom-Com Be Saved?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 14, 2014 2:05 PM
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WHen Harry Met Sally
Twenty-five years ago today on July 14, 1989, “When Harry Met Sally” went into limited release (MGM carefully platformed the film, something of a rarity for a major summer studio release even then). It became a giant hit, grossing $92 million in the U.S.—about the equivalent of double that when adjusted for inflation. Rob Reiner’s film, made from Nora Ephron’s script, and following the titular mismatched pair (Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan) who set out to explore the question of whether a man and a woman can be friends without sex and/or love getting in the way (spoiler: no), left a permanent mark on pop culture, influencing countless romantic comedies that came after. But did it also break the genre?

‘Obvious Child’ Director Gillian Robespierre & Jenny Slate Talk Boundaries In Comedy, Naturalism, Improv, More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 19, 2014 12:15 PM
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Obvious Child, With Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Gillian Robespierre.
Razor-sharp writing, taut direction, and a stellar central performance by Jenny Slate anchor Gillian Robespierre’s debut directorial feature “Obvious Child.” You’ve likely heard otherwise, its treatment of abortion dominating conversation and even the film’s promotional material, but while Robespierre wanted to buck convention with her narrative aims, she recognizes why the safer romantic comedy choices exist. “I watched those kind of films recently, and they’re still entertaining. We just wanted to tell the other side,” she says about the film, which follows New York stand-up comic Donna (Slate) as she discovers she’s pregnant after a drunken one-night-stand.

Review: Wickedly Bold 'Obvious Child' Could Use A Bit More Maturity

  • By James Rocchi
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  • June 4, 2014 7:05 PM
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Obvious Child
“Obvious Child” is about would-be stand-up Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) and her decisions when a one-night stand results in an ill-timed unwanted pregnancy. “Obvious Child” began as a short in 2009, then hunted for crowdfunding, got it, and resulted in this feature-length Sundance 2014 debut for writer-director Gillian Robespierre. It’d be easy to make a crass joke about how, for a film about abortion, “Obvious Child” has had an unexpectedly long gestation period. That’s also about the only crass joke “Obvious Child” doesn’t make, but it’s also worth noting that despite its fearlessness and fake-tough bravado, the film never takes its circumstances or consequences lightly; Slate’s Donna Stern is cracking wise because if she didn’t, she’d probably just crack.

10 Movies To See In June

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • June 2, 2014 2:21 PM
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Movies To See In June, 2014
Summer 2014 is officially here, and as the kids prepare for three-odd months of freedom the question of what to do with your free time arises. Temperatures start to soar and the air conditioned movie theater becomes your oasis. There’s quite a bit worth seeking out this month with a spate of big-budget blockbusters and smaller indie fare. Time to get a summer job, if you don’t have one already, to pay for these ten movies worth seeking out in June!

Watch: First Trailer For Sundance Breakout Hit 'Obvious Child' Starring Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann & David Cross

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 15, 2014 12:59 PM
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Obvious Child
While it didn’t take any of the Sundance Film Festival awards earlier this year, one of the bigger breakout films from the Utah-set festival was “Obvious Child.” Starring comedienne and former 'SNL' cast member Jenny Slate, the film centers on an unapologetically crude aspiring comedian whose world is turned upside down by a devastating break-up, getting fired from her job and an unplanned pregnancy.

2014 SXSW Film Festival Adds 'Boyhood,' 'Frank,' 'Joe,' Wes Anderson Q&A, Promising TV Lineup & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 3:00 PM
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SXSW 2014 line-up
It’s always a tough act to follow-up the Sundance Film Festival each year when it comes to the world of independent cinema, but the SXSW Film Festival generally does a good job of mixing the high and low, the populist with the brainy, and the docs with the midnight madness section. Generally a more relaxed festival aiming for a good time, the Austin-based fiesta has already announced some of its heavy hitting premieres—the “Veronica Mars” movie and Jon Favreau’s “Chef”—and now they’ve unveiled their main line-up.

Sundance Review: ‘Obvious Child’ Takes on Love, Abortion and Stand-Up Insecurity

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 24, 2014 1:02 PM
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Obvious Child
Premiering at Sundance, “Obvious Child” is about would-be stand-up Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) and her decisions when a one-night stand results in an ill-timed unwanted pregnancy. “Obvious Child” began as a short in 20009, then hunted for crowdfunding, got it, and resulted in this feature-length Sundance 2014 debut for writer-director Gillian Robespierre. It’d be easy to make a crass joke about how, for a film about abortion, “Obvious Child” has had an unexpectedly long gestation period. That’s also about the only crass joke “Obvious Child” doesn’t make, but it’s also worth noting that despite its fearlessness and fake-tough bravado, the film never takes its circumstances or consequences lightly; Slate’s Donna Stern is cracking wise because if she didn’t, she’d probably just crack.

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