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Review: Obvious Child

There are moments in Obvious Child that are so pedestrianly sweet that they undermine the usual romantic comedy criticisms. One such moment comes when Max (Jake Lacy) warms a packet of butter for Donna (Jenny Slate). Slate’s acting instinct here to underplay the moment is what sells it, and it speaks to everything that is right about this film. Unfortunately, ... Read More »

Review: Alan Partridge

The British have the ability to self-correct during the middle of a comedy in a way that feels perfectly natural. The joke is headed one way, and the comedian realizes the utter silliness of it all and self-corrects to an even more absurd destination. That’s the genius of Steve Coogan in his most famous role of Alan Partridge. Here the ... Read More »

Review: Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight had its moments, excuse me, of delight. Unfortunately, those moments were few and far between for me. In between I found a movie searching for a rudder, lost in a sea of possibilities. Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) is married to Jeff (Josh Radnor), but despite one child and an upper-middle class lifestyle, she seems terribly unhappy. Rachel and Jeff ... Read More »

Review: Enough Said

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of those actresses that still feels like a well-kept secret. Despite starring on Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, she still feels so fresh and different that you’re sure you’ve discovered her for the first time. The idea to pair up with James Gandolfini, her male equivalent in fresh and ... Read More »

Review: The Spectacular Now

“It’s really human of you to listen to all my bullshit,” is maybe Molly Ringwald’s best line from the teen classic Sixteen Candles. It speaks to the hours we all spend as teenagers complaining, droning narcissistically about ourselves, and waxing poetically. It’s also disarmingly innocent and earnest at the same time—which also happens to be the perfect description of The ... Read More »

Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Is the creative spark forged in the fires of passion or adversity? Saving Mr. Banks, the story of the making of Mary Poppins, tries to answer this question, and comes down somewhere between the two. It argues it was the unique passion of those at Disney coupled with the adversity-filled childhood of Poppins author P.L. Travers that gave birth to ... Read More »