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Review: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 13

After a decade of airing, it takes a very special combination of acting, writing and comedic timing to keep a sitcom going. For most of these shows, there seems to be a specific season you can point to where the quality went on a downward t...

 
 
 
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Review: Arizona

From 2007 through 2009, the United States was in a financial crisis created in large part to the housing bubble that burst like a bad appendix. After a strong peak, housing prices dropped dramatically, leading to unpaid mortgages and eventu...

 
 
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BoJack Horseman Season 5 gets a release date

BoJack Horseman is underrated. It's been one of my favorite Netflix originals since it's premiere, contrasting cartoony visuals with a depressing story about narcissism, loss and excess. Not to mention the premise and the style of this show...

 
 
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Atlanta renewed for Season 3

Atlanta has been renewed for another season, and I can breathe a sigh of relief. On Thursday, FX ordered another season of the two-time Emmy winning show that has been making waves on cable television. Atlanta, born from the always captivat...

 
 
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Review: Best F(r)iends (Volume 1)

This is a hard movie to review. It isn’t ‘good’, but I loved it. If you’re a fan of The Room, it retains that film’s oddball charm without it feeling forced. It barely makes sense and its slow pacing makes me w...

 
 
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SXSW: Barry

Veteran comedic actor Bill Hader and writer-producer Alec Berg knew they had to develop a series for HBO, but didn't know what. While bouncing ideas off each other, Bill said, "What if I was a hitman." Alec was skeptical. "No, it'd be me, B...

 
 
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Review: Gringo

What happens if you attempt to take the street hoodlums from a Guy Ritchie flick and transport them to the world of corporate America? Or, conversely, if you try to take corporate America and dump it into the midst of a Guy Ritchie flick? T...

 
 
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Review: The End of the F**cking World

An adaptation of the 2013 graphic novel by Charles Forsman, The End of the F**king World is an early 2018 drop for Netflix aimed to cash in on the troubled teen variety of television series' success. Maybe it's done in a slightly diffe...

 
 
 
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Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Movies have long been a means by which the stories of generations have been told. Taxi Driver showed the world just what the horrors of war and a crime-riddled town will do to the soul of man. Dr. Strangelove took the looming threat of nucl...

 
 
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Review: Suburbicon

It's frustrating to watch someone or something you know that has the potential to be stellar falter under the stress of itself. You see it a lot in American television where they milk as much out of a series until it is nothing but a wit...

 
 
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First trailer out for BoJack Horseman Season 4

It's been a hot summer - and a hot minute since we've heard anything about Season 4 of BoJack Horseman. In July, Netflix announced that the new season would premiere on September 8, but besides the date, no new information about the plot or...

 
 
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BoJack Horseman returns September 8th

The last season of BoJack Horseman was by far the best yet. Each season has been good, but BoJack is the kind of show that only gets better as its concepts are explored further, and Season 3 was quite an achievement for this funny, yet depr...

 
 
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'Ricky and Morty' Season 3 drops July 30th, new trailer out

Let's wind the clock back for just a moment. It's 2015. You're watching the Season 2 finale of Rick and Morty. There's a big cliffhanger that sets up the next season, and all of the sudden, you're face to face with an old friend, Mr. Poopy ...

 
 
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Review: Rough Night

Maybe I should have taken a cue from the title. After all, Rough Night is fairly self-explanatory. I'm a fan of irreverent comedies where protagonists can behave the way less ideal versions of ourselves might, all with no fear of  ...

 
 
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This Red Band trailer for Bad Santa 2 is pretty bad

I wasn't a fan of Bad Santa all those years ago, and to this day I still don't understand the appeal. It grew such a cult following that a sequel has been in the works for years, but despite efforts to stop it, Bad Santa 2 is a thing.&...

 
 
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Bad Santa 2 gets first images featuring Billy Bob Thorton

 There's a long list of movie sequels coming out that I just don't think we need, but somewhere at the top of it is Bad Santa 2. The original was such a unique, dark and interesting comedy that came out of nowhere that I just can't see...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Nerdland

Nerdland was the first film to stand out to me when I first signed on to cover the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Everything about it appealed to me. It's the first full length feature from Titmouse, an animated company most associated wi...

 
 
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Scream Queens Series Premiere Recap: "Pilot/Hell Week"

You folks don't know this, because we'd only recently begun covering television in earnest, but I was a huge fan of Glee. I bought the soundtracks, I bought the seasons on DVD (this was before Netflix took over and ruined EVERYTHING), I bou...

 
 
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Bojack Horseman is the Spec Ops: The Line of TV Shows

The first season of Bojack Horseman sort of came out of nowhere, at least as far as I was concerned. Back then, I was underemployed and watched pretty much anything that seemed vaguely interesting. I generally trusted (and continu...

 
 
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First Red Band trailer for Deadpool is glorious

We've been anticipating this first bit of footage for some time. After all of the talk, all of the images, all of those years stuck in development, and all of the advertising, Deadpool is actually film that exists. The trailer is well cut (...

 
 
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Trailer for Joe Dante's Burying the Ex buries itself deep

Joe Dante has had a string of mediocre films lately. A formerly quirky name in the horror genre, with films like Gremlins and Small Soldiers, but after directing a bunch of television and whatever exactly The Hole was, his directing hasn't...

 
 
 
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The Voices trailer delivers more than it appears

In the realm of talking animal movies there's pretty much one genre and that genre is children's comedies. The Voices is not that. Yes, it has talking animals, but it's also a dark comedy with slasher instincts. Plus, it has Ryan Reyno...

 
 
 
 
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First trailer for Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe's career has been in a bit of a flux in his post-Potter days. In what seemingly seems like Radcliffe searching for that one role that'll truly showcase his talents, he's been in several offbeat projects that don't always w...

 
 
 
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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. Frank looks p...

 
 
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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 never seem to ...

 
 
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Reviews: Whitewash and Big Bad Wolves

I like film festivals for a lot of reasons, but one of the best is the way films are forced into context with a number of other, entirely unrelated films. The act of watching multiple films in a day alone creates all sorts of weird unintent...

 
 
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First trailer for Obvious Child, starring Jenny Slate

Obvious Child is one of the films I regret missing out on during SXSW. It stars Jenny Slate, in her first starring role (though she's played numerous, fabulous supporting roles), as a comedienne who's life takes an unexpected turn when she...

 
 
 
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Watch: BaneCat - a villainous cat that torments his owner

The Dark Knight Rises' evil Batman antagonist Bane has one of the most recognizable and most fun to parody voices ever. Enter: BaneCat, a short video about a villainous cat who torments his owner. It's a pretty funny little short, and the ...

 
 
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NSFW: Red band trailer for Filth sure is filthy

James McAvoy stars in Filth as Scottish Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, a man with a lot of vices who'll do anything to get his way. This red band trailer for Filth is very NSFW, so you can check it out below, along with a poster featur...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Space Station 76

Space Station 76 is a bit of an odd duck. It's outward appearance of a riff on 1970s science fiction makes it appear to be an oddball comedy full of visual puns and hilarious jokes at the expense of dated future technology. The truth of the...

 
 
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Review: Cheap Thrills

Any movie synopsis that includes "black comedy" and "David Koechner" is an instant sell for me. Toss in Empire Records' Ethan Embry and the two leads from Ti West's The Innkeepers and my expectations will be through the roof. Chea...

 
 
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New Wolf of Wall Street featurettes look awesome

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Dicaprio's latest collaboration, Wolf of Wall Street, is the fast paced, R-rated Christmas release we've all been waiting for. Scorsese's latest dark comedy follows the drug-fueled exploits of 80's wunder...

 
 
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Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Sitting down to write this review, I had trouble figuring out the sub header you see above. I normally like to put a joke or pop culture reference there, but I simply can't seem to. The more and more I think about The Wolf of Wall Street, t...

 
 




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On the Basis of Sex"A blast from the past"

 

Time Freak"When at first you mess up at love, build a time machine"

 

Capernaum"An imperfect but affecting piece of realist filmmaking"

 

If Beale Street Could Talk"Trust love all the way"

 

Buffalo Boys"Shouldn't work as well as it does"

 

The Upside"Spread the schmaltz on thick"

 

A Dog's Way Home"It's January"

 

The Punisher (Season 2)"Jon Bernthal yells a lot"

 

Wayne (Season 1)"YouTube has original hit on their hands"

 

Bird Box"Come see the light"

 

Lifechanger"Skin on skin"

 

Stan & Ollie"No drama"

 

Holmes & Watson"Doesn't have a clue"

 

Vice"Spend some quality time with Dick"

 

Mary Queen of Scots"Hope everyone did their homework!"

 

Aquaman""ALRIGHT!""

 

Welcome to Marwen"Home of disjointed narratives"

 

Bumblebee"So 80s. So Awesome."

 

Mortal Engines"London calling to the faraway towns"

 

Roma"Alfonso Cuaron has made one of the best movies of the decade"

 

Runaways (Season 2)"Teenagers (and parents) with attitude "

 

Mary Poppins Returns"It's a jolly holiday with Mary"

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"The most "comic book" comic book movie ever"

 

Backtrace"Spinning in the mud"

 
 
 
 
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