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3:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Watch: two new featurettes for Obvious Child are obviously adorable

Look guys, I'm not a huge rom-com kind of girl. They're usually too saccharine and unreal for me. Obvious Child, however, looks more my speed. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child stars the adorable and...

Liz Rugg



NYAFF Review: Golden Chickensss photo
NYAFF Review: Golden Chickensss
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

In a world wracked by reboot culture, the decision to sequelize the Golden Chicken franchise is an interesting one. The first film and its sequel were released in 2002 and 2003 respectively, and then the series went dark. But eleven years later, a new director decided to revisit the protagonist as she has aged and changed. With an almost entirely new cast of characters, it feels like a different film than its predecessors. Like Kam, cinema has changed in the last eleven years. 

And maybe that’s the brilliance of making a sequel now. How better to really grapple with the idea of aging and a loss of place than to revive an old franchise with its lead intact? Even if that franchise is a raunchy sex comedy following the adventures of a prostitute.

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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6:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Trailer for Frank starring Michael Fassbender is goofy fun

Frank tells the story of a young musician named Jon who joins a group of eccentric musicians, lead by the enigmatic Frank, a man who makes music purely for the joy of creating ... and who wears a giant fake head all the time...

Liz Rugg



Review: 22 Jump Street photo
Review: 22 Jump Street
by Matthew Razak

Despite being proven horribly wrong when 21 Jump Street film came out and it turned out to be hilarious instead of horrible I was once again a doubter when news hit that 22 Jump Street was coming along. The first one worked and here comes the obligatory sequel that will just recap all the old jokes and ruin it was my line of thinking.

Sometimes it's good to be wrong... twice. I suppose I shouldn't have been so suspect with basically the entire creative team returning for the film, but how was I supposed to know they'd actually make a comedy sequel that was both different from the original and smart in its own way. It's not something movie studios usually do, but both Jump Street films have proven that the series (please let there be more) is all about pointing out or expectations and then destroying them.

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5:00 PM on 06.12.2014

Teaser trailer for The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco

James Franco and Seth Rogen are the peanut butter and jelly of the film world; they just work so well together. And their dynamic duo-ness holds up strong in the first teaser for their upcoming and undoubtably hilarious come...

Isabelle Magliari

2:00 PM on 06.12.2014

First trailer and poster for Birdman with Michael Keaton

Birdman might not be the Birdman movie we've all always needed, but damn if it doesn't look like the Birdman movie we deserve. A surreal comedy about a washed up action hero trying to mount a Broadway comeback that star...

Matthew Razak



First official trailer for Dumb and Dumber To photo
First official trailer for Dumb and Dumber To
by Nick Valdez

Dumb and Dumber To has been a long time coming. So long, in fact, it doesn't even fit in with Hollywood's current comedic mindset. While this first trailer for the long in development hell sequel isn't perfect by any means (and verges on annoying), it's extremely reminiscent of a time Jim Carrey was funny. And by the looks of some of gags, we may get to experience that again. 

Dumb and Dumber To dumbs it down November 14th. 

[via The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon]

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6:00 PM on 06.07.2014

New trailer and poster for Mad Men creator's Are You Here

Are You Here marks Matthew Weiner's (the creator of popular TV show Mad Men) film directorial debut. And apparently it's a bit of a doozy. Are You Here has a pretty big-name cast, including Zack Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and...

Liz Rugg

5:00 PM on 06.07.2014

New clip for Obvious Child involves drunk-dialing ex-boyfriends

In this new clip for Obvious Child staring Jenny Slate, the main character Donna gets to do something most jilted women (including myself) have either done or rreeeeaaaallly wanted to do: drunk dial the guy that just broke u...

Liz Rugg



Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West photo
Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West
by Nick Valdez

Seth MacFarlane's directorial debut, Ted, was a welcome surprise. It was a mix of a charming friendship, un-ironic love of the 80s, and gratuitous amount of raunchy humor. Like the best episodes of MacFarlane's Family Guy, it managed a fine balance between all of those things to provide a high quality product. With his sophomore effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West, I was hoping things would be a little less, well, sophomoric. 

A Million Ways starts strong, but as it continues, it feels like a million years as joke after joke is thrown out with hopes that one of them works. As jokes continually fail, and extraneous scenes pile onto the film's near two hour run, I soon realized I'd rather die in a million different ways than continue watching this juvenile mess.

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12:00 PM on 05.28.2014

H. Jon Benjamin voiced HAL 9000 and it's the best thing

As part of the late night show, Last Night Basement, H. Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers, Archer, other good things) dubbed over a bit of HAL 9000's (from 2001: A Space Odyssey)  voice. Turns out it's something I've wanted all along.  [Last Night Basement, via io9]

Nick Valdez







Review: Blended photo
Review: Blended
by Matthew Razak

Blended is Drew Barrymore and Adama Sandler's third movie together after The Wedding Singer and  50 First Dates. Evidently that's a thing now. Like they make a romantic comedy of sorts with each other every ten years. Because it's a thing we're supposed to think fondly of their return to the big screen.

The problem is that after Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 it is physically impossible to think of Adam Sandler fondly anymore. He has spent and and all good will he's built up previously and now any movie starring him should be an instant red flag of suck. With the bar set so incredibly low is it actually a good thing to say that Blended is surprisingly not the worst movie ever? No, I suppose that's still a bad thing.

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5:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways To Die In The West has an 8-bit game you can play

A Million Ways To Die In The West, Seth MacFarlane's upcoming Western comedy movie, now has an 8-bit videogame counterpart online at Adult Swim. Perhaps capitalizing on the nostalgically easy-to-die-in games of the 80's 8-bit...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 05.15.2014

See Blended early and free

Ready to see Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore back on screen together despite the fact that their careers have trended towards worse and worse films? Yea, me neither. But maybe they're reuniting can spark some of the old magic...

Matthew Razak



Review: Don Peyote photo
Review: Don Peyote
by Nick Valdez

Whenever someone mentions Dan Fogler, I'm suddenly interested. He's a comedic dynamo who always seems to choose interesting or niche projects. Directing his second film since 2009, Fogler displays acting ability that he really hasn't be able to show off yet. With Don Peyote's strange, but cool tale, Fogler has a grand spectrum of insanity.

It's just a shame that the rest of the film falls apart. 

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2:00 PM on 05.09.2014

Flix for Short: Johnny Express

The year is 2150. Johnny is a great delivery man. He is however, incredibly lazy. All Johnny wants is to sleep in his automated space delivery ship. All he has to do is deliver the packages he's sent. However, his deliveries...

Liz Rugg



Review: Chef photo
Review: Chef
by Nick Valdez

Before attending this year's SXSW, I had no idea Jon Favreau's Chef even existed. Given the nature of my job (as I constantly write about films months, and even years before their official release), it's rare that film goes under my radar. But when that happens (and a film goes oddly without any kind of promotion) it raises some flags. To be blunt, the films with the least promotion usually have something to hide. 

But why was Favreau's Chef so concerned? As SXSW 2014's big opening film, there was a lot of pressure to deliver, and it sort of did. It's like a greasy sandwich made with love. You know it's bad for you, but it's got a lot of corazón.

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of South by Southwest 2014. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's wide release.]

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Review: Neighbors photo
Review: Neighbors
by Nick Valdez

I had completely written off Neighbors. Coming off of Seth Rogen's last starring role in This is the End, the first trailer for Neighbors underwhelmed me. I've gotten used to Rogen acting, writing, and directing his own films so I was a little concerned when Rogen placed himself in someone else's film. Was his lack of major involvement going to impact the overall quality of the film? Should you expect less because Rogen didn't write a lot of it himself? 

Thankfully not. Even with some groan inducers, Neighbors is a little smart. It just needs to reign it in a bit. 

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of South by Southwest 2014. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's wide release.]

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6:00 PM on 05.08.2014

First trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Badad Day

At some point in my past I'm pretty sure I read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day because I'm pretty sure every child on earth has to in order to grow up, but damned if I remember it. So I have...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 05.08.2014

New international trailer for 22 Jump Street

The fact that I'm laughing harder at the internet's slew of 22 Jump Street trailers than I ever did at any 21 Jump Street trailers gives me hope that this sequel will be as good, if not better, than the original fi...

Isabelle Magliari

3:00 PM on 05.07.2014

Second trailer for Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy

I really, really want to love this trailer for Tammy, but I can't find it in my heart to do so. It's got everything I'm supposed to love: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, PIE, but I've just been let down by McC...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Other Woman photo
Review: The Other Woman
by Matthew Razak

The Other Woman is a raunchy comedy that wants to be taken emotionally seriously while promoting the fact that woman are awesome and can easily take the lead in any kind of film. It basically wants to be Bridesmaids, but unlike that modern comedy classic it instead comes off as crass and completely insulting to the very female characters it wants to glorify. Falling quickly into tropes, stereotypes and comic cliches it veers dangerously into trouble as its attempt at female empowerment turns into the worst case of justice porn this side of a serial killer getting killed at the end of a horror film. 

It's a despicable film that clearly has no idea what it's doing as it contradicts its own themes constantly throughout its entire run, eventually landing in a big puddle of false feminism that would set the movement back years if anyone actually cared about the movie. Oh, and there's a pooping scene. Because when you're not actually funny you always run to poop. 

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