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By Carina Chocano | August 17, 2007
David Wain, director of Wet Hot American Summer, creator of the sketch comedy series The State and founding member of the improv troupe Stella, brings his popular brand of surrealist yet mundane humor to the big screen with more or less dreadful results. A collection of short films based on the Ten Commandments, The Ten is presented by Paul Rudd as a narrator character who lives in a black void with a pair of gigantic stone tablets lurking in the background. His marriage (Famke Janssen plays his wife)
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March 31, 2013
now playing "Admission" (PG-13). An admissions officer for Princeton University takes a surprising detour on the road to happiness. With Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Michael Sheen. TownMall Cinemas (12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 p.m.) "The Call" (R). A 911 operator takes a call from a teenage girl who has been abducted, and she realizes she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life. With Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin and Morris Chestnut.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | February 1, 2008
Over Her Dead Body is a hopeless pastiche of timeworn plotlines, hackneyed dialogue and stultifying direction; to call it amateurish is a slap in the face to amateurs everywhere. It's certainly a movie that is undeniably dead on arrival. It's not funny, it's put together with all the care and finesse of a ransom note, it features actors who seem embarrassed to be involved with the thing, and it drags for at least 94 of its 95-minute running time. Over Her Dead Body (New Line Cinema) Starring Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2010
When comedian Demetri Martin lived in New York, he liked to talk with his friends and fellow comedians about the idea of a body of work. Surveying the national comedy scene, Martin would see comics who were hugely popular, but he didn't think were all that funny, as well as hilarious comics toiling in obscurity. Martin felt the right way to put things in perspective wasn't to judge them based on success alone but all the work they'd done in their lifetime. "It always seemed that if you thought about the body of work, that was the best way to stay on track," Martin said.
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By David Hunter and David Hunter,The Hollywood Reporter | July 19, 1995
A hilarious "clued-in" comedy about cellular-phone-packing Beverly Hills high schoolers, Amy Hecker- ling's "Clueless" sports a terrific cast, sparkling dialogue loaded with slang and a hip soundtrack of pop tunes. OK, it's also plotless and borderline brainless, but that won't stop the Paramount release from cashing in substantially with the teen-age and young adult crowd.Alicia Silverstone ("The Crush") plays rich, spoiled, sweet-natured Cher, our guide into a world where self-assured but likable brats try to make over those with less refined tastes while struggling down the always-rocky road to maturity.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | March 20, 2009
I Love You, Man is a funny film about discomfort that would be funnier if it dared to knock the audience out of its comfort zone. It's ostensibly about the differences between close male friends and tribal buddies as well as the gap between men and their wives and lovers. But it's mostly about the canny confectionary skills that go into making a smash sitcomlike farce. It's like a Judd Apatow comedy given the unyielding pace and invariably neat wrap-up of a '90s hit like Friends. At one point, the script riffs on the HBO ad line, "It's not TV, it's HBO."
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April 10, 2009
Fast & Furious ** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS) $71 million $71 million 1 week Rated: PG-13 Running time: 107 minutes What it's about: Fast & Furious is a stripped-down version of The Fast and The Furious, the first movie in this demolition derby of a franchise. Our take: The combination of relentless fuel-injected stunts and the equally relentless Vin Diesel (above) turns pummeling. Monsters vs. Aliens * 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS) $32.6 million $104.8 million 2 weeks Rated: PG Running time: 94 minutes What it's about: A group of Earth monsters - slapstick versions of the 50-Foot Woman, the Fly (here, Dr. Cockroach)
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March 31, 2013
now playing "Admission" (PG-13). An admissions officer for Princeton University takes a surprising detour on the road to happiness. With Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Michael Sheen. TownMall Cinemas (12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 p.m.) "The Call" (R). A 911 operator takes a call from a teenage girl who has been abducted, and she realizes she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life. With Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin and Morris Chestnut.
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November 14, 2008
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) $63.1 million $63.1 million 1 week Rated: G Running time: 89 minutes What it's about: Alex the dancing lion (Ben Stiller) and his fellow expatriates on the island of Madagascar head back to New York on Air Penguin but crash-land in another part of Africa. Our take: This uproarious cartoon suggests what would happen if Comedy Central and Animal Planet co-produced Roots III. Menageries of characters trace loony curlicues in and around the narrative.
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By staff critics' | November 13, 2008
Changeling What it's about : Angelina Jolie (above) plays a single mother whose missing son is returned to her. Only it's not her son, and when she tries telling that to the Los Angeles police, she gets thrown into a psychiatric ward. Based on a true story from 1928. Rated: R The scoop : Jolie is simply too modern an actress to play a 1920s mother, no matter how much they dowdy her up or layer on the pancake makeup. And director Clint Eastwood is more interested in stoking his audience's sense of outrage than telling a nuanced story.
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April 10, 2009
Fast & Furious ** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS) $71 million $71 million 1 week Rated: PG-13 Running time: 107 minutes What it's about: Fast & Furious is a stripped-down version of The Fast and The Furious, the first movie in this demolition derby of a franchise. Our take: The combination of relentless fuel-injected stunts and the equally relentless Vin Diesel (above) turns pummeling. Monsters vs. Aliens * 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS) $32.6 million $104.8 million 2 weeks Rated: PG Running time: 94 minutes What it's about: A group of Earth monsters - slapstick versions of the 50-Foot Woman, the Fly (here, Dr. Cockroach)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | March 20, 2009
I Love You, Man is a funny film about discomfort that would be funnier if it dared to knock the audience out of its comfort zone. It's ostensibly about the differences between close male friends and tribal buddies as well as the gap between men and their wives and lovers. But it's mostly about the canny confectionary skills that go into making a smash sitcomlike farce. It's like a Judd Apatow comedy given the unyielding pace and invariably neat wrap-up of a '90s hit like Friends. At one point, the script riffs on the HBO ad line, "It's not TV, it's HBO."
NEWS
November 14, 2008
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) $63.1 million $63.1 million 1 week Rated: G Running time: 89 minutes What it's about: Alex the dancing lion (Ben Stiller) and his fellow expatriates on the island of Madagascar head back to New York on Air Penguin but crash-land in another part of Africa. Our take: This uproarious cartoon suggests what would happen if Comedy Central and Animal Planet co-produced Roots III. Menageries of characters trace loony curlicues in and around the narrative.
ENTERTAINMENT
By staff critics' | November 13, 2008
Changeling What it's about : Angelina Jolie (above) plays a single mother whose missing son is returned to her. Only it's not her son, and when she tries telling that to the Los Angeles police, she gets thrown into a psychiatric ward. Based on a true story from 1928. Rated: R The scoop : Jolie is simply too modern an actress to play a 1920s mother, no matter how much they dowdy her up or layer on the pancake makeup. And director Clint Eastwood is more interested in stoking his audience's sense of outrage than telling a nuanced story.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | February 1, 2008
Over Her Dead Body is a hopeless pastiche of timeworn plotlines, hackneyed dialogue and stultifying direction; to call it amateurish is a slap in the face to amateurs everywhere. It's certainly a movie that is undeniably dead on arrival. It's not funny, it's put together with all the care and finesse of a ransom note, it features actors who seem embarrassed to be involved with the thing, and it drags for at least 94 of its 95-minute running time. Over Her Dead Body (New Line Cinema) Starring Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell.
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By Carina Chocano | August 17, 2007
David Wain, director of Wet Hot American Summer, creator of the sketch comedy series The State and founding member of the improv troupe Stella, brings his popular brand of surrealist yet mundane humor to the big screen with more or less dreadful results. A collection of short films based on the Ten Commandments, The Ten is presented by Paul Rudd as a narrator character who lives in a black void with a pair of gigantic stone tablets lurking in the background. His marriage (Famke Janssen plays his wife)
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