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It’s been quite a few years since I’ve seen a movie without laughter of any sort--not a single one-liner, or even the slightest attempt towards invoking a harmless giggle. “Halloween” and the other horror films pride themselves on the fine art of laughter to relax unsuspecting viewers--all before an axe, knife or chainsaw cut to the morbid plot. Even 1972’s epic backwoods suspense thriller “Deliverance” tossed out some jokes between arrow shots from Burt Reynolds’ recurve bow. I’d probably have to go back to Steven Spielberg’s 1971 road rage, made-for-TV movie titled “Duel” to discover such a humorless film production as “Foxcatcher”.
It's officially award show season and, while the awards won't be given out until Feb. 22, the Oscar nominations were released today.
The Golden Globes took over the small screen last night. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted celebrating, in Fey's words, "all the great television shows that we know and love as well as all the movies North Korea was OK with."
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I haven’t seen the original Despicable Me film, but even though I’m a newbie to the super-villainous animated franchise, and was just a little lost with the initial set-up for this sequel, Despicable Me 2 is fiendishly funny and a fantastic film for the whole family. I enjoyed this movie so much that I’m definitely going to be seeking out the first one on video and I’m also already looking forward to next year’s prequel, Minions (which is currently slated for December, 2014.)
June 27 was a day filled with sadness this year as family, friends, and co-stars all paid their final tributes in New York City to James Gandolfini.
‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” starts off with a recipe for grade-A comedy. The cast includes names such as Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini and Jim Carrey. The director is Don Scardino of “30 Rock,” while Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis of “Horrible Bosses” penned the screenplay. The premise regarding rivaling magicians offers endless comedic possibilities. So how is it that the final product is just mediocre? It’s probably because the audience has to be constantly caught off guard in order for a magic show or comedy to succeed. In “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” the audience can pretty much predict everything that’s going to happen. This subtracts the elements of surprise and humor from the equation.
Rated: PG. Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes. 3 stars.
Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures, The animated film "Despicable Me" teaches that no man is an island, even if he can steal entire land masses.
Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox, Tina Fey stars as Clara Foster and Steve Carell stars as Phil Foster in "Date Night."
Tickets are on sale now for the Arizona Theatre Company's 2009-2010 season.
PG-13 for some rude humor, action violence and language. 111 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.
Courtesy of Warner Bros., Anne Hathaway stars as Agent 99 and Steve Carell stars as Maxwell Smart in the film adaption of the popular 1960s TV spy comedy "Get Smart."