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Less Giggle, More Gag

 

It’s Ghostbusters, Whaddya Want?

 

Once, Again

 

Wedding Belles

 

Super Bad, Man

 

I’ll Have What He’s Having

 

Not Even Friendzoned

 

More Free Dumb!

 

I Spy the Same Game

 

Stupid Core

 

Excessive Baggage

Marketing a comedy is a delicate balancing act: how much of the joke milk do you give away for free in previews and still have audiences enjoy the film cow when they see it? We’re the Millers is the latest in a long line of comedies to dangle red-band trailers like low-hanging raunch both online and in theaters. If you’ve seen them, you’ve seen a highlight reel of all We’re the Millers has to offer, save for...


Space Station Immigration

First things first: Jodie Foster is officially no longer a two-time Oscar winner. There’s no way anyone can do what she just did in Elysium and get to keep golden bookends. Sorry, Jodie, but you were just in a movie where Sharlto Copley gargled a South African accent into unrecognizable madness and somehow your vocal delivery was less believable. We’re going to need at least one of those statues back. Moving on…

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Anything Dudes Can Do…

Before anything else: How great is Aubrey Plaza, right? From her droll, intentionally weird character on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” to her killer late-night TV interviews (just watch the last one with Conan O’Brien if you doubt), Plaza is deliciously and completely secure in herself. She alternatingly flaunts and completely masks her sexuality, draws focus to gender conformities and then pisses on them. She’s...


Crisis of Context

I believe it’s a lack of context, not empathy. Because if it’s a lack of empathy, we’re screwed, doomed as a country, culture, maybe even species. The dismissal of the poor as bottom-feeding, system-exploiting moochers comes from not having a full perspective of their actual lives. The racial bigotry inherent in our judicial system would cause outrage if average citizens truly understood the human beings caught up...


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