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TIFF Review: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her' Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Viola Davis & More

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • September 10, 2013 10:55 AM
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The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby Him & Her Jessica Chastain
You’d think that with all the sappy romantic comedies that exist, "When Harry Met Sally" and Richard Linklater’s 'Before...' series (just to name the most beloved), that relationship films have run their course and said all they’ve got to say. But then this year the Palme D’Or was awarded to a film that deals with the evolution of a single relationship in a potent and tender way, and while many talked about the importance of the film in terms of sexual politics, this reviewer looked at "Blue is the Warmest Color" more as a remarkably well made relationship film. Now it has some serious competition.

Watch: Trailers For 'Best Man Down' With Justin Long & Jess Weixler; 'Ass Backwards' Starring Alicia Silverstone, June Diane Raphael & Casey Wilson

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 6:03 PM
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Best Man Down
If there's one genre that's benefited from the recent boom of home viewing options, it's the indie comedy. With the glut of studio comedies regularly choking the multiplexes, it's easy for the smaller comedies to get lost along the way. The breakout success of things like "Bachelorette" has shown distributors that the audience is there and, with a little prodding, they'll click, download, and whatever else happens when you download a movie at home. Two more comedies looking for that VOD gold have just released trailers: "Ass Backwards," starring June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson and Alicia Silverstone and "Best Man Down," with Justin Long and former indie movie queen Jess Weixler, which, despite the title, is sadly not a wedding-set sequel to "White House Down."

Tribeca Review: 'Free Samples' Isn't Worth Buying

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 22, 2012 8:20 AM
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For some reason independent movies, especially the current wave of mumble-core with its earthy existentialism and waxy photographic quality, have the reputation of somehow being more “real” or “honest” than movies in the mainstream. Because these smaller movies arrive at some emotional truth more directly, they don’t have to dodge movie stars or CGI monsters. But watching a movie like USC grad Jay Gammill's “Free Samples,” which proudly wears its indie-ness on its sleeve like a badge of honor (when it’s really more of a disfiguring war wound), all you get are feelings of artificiality. It’s so phony and forced and cloying and cute, that you wonder how anyone could misdiagnose a movie like this as being more representative of the human experience than, say, something with werewolves or Tom Cruise.

Justin Long, Jess Weixler & Addison Timlin Join The Cast Of The Unfortunately Named 'Lumpy'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 20, 2011 9:26 AM
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Ok, it's not the greatest title in the world by far, but it's an interesting cast. Justin Long, Jess Weixler (the Sundance hit “Teeth,” "Peter and Vandy"), Tyler Labine (“Mad Love”), and Addison Timlin (“Californication”) will all star in "Lumpy," the directorial debut of writer Ted Koland (the TV shows "Saints & Sinners," "Fashion House") according to a just-released statement.

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