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What a Pair! Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's Hilarious Chemistry Leads 'The Nice Guys' to Success

What a Pair! Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's Hilarious Chemistry Leads 'The Nice Guys' to Success

Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

I’m a huge fan of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang , Shane Black’s scrappy, funny 2005 directorial debut. Black hasn’t done a lot of directing in its aftermath, with his lone theatrical credit since then being Iron Man 3 , the second-strongest Iron Man in the franchise.

He’s returned to grittier, film-noir mode with T...

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Party Time All Over Again: Despite a Weak Second Half, 'Neighbors 2' Is Funny Enough

Party Time All Over Again: Despite a Weak Second Half, 'Neighbors 2' Is Funny Enough

Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

The first half of Seth Rogen sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is as funny and snappy as the first movie—but the film loses its way a bit by the time credits roll. Still, if you are looking at laughs per dollar, Rogen and Zac Efron deliver your money’s worth.

The spin this time out has a sorority led...

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True TV: Fall Fails—What to 'Look Forward To' This Fall From the Broadcast Networks

True TV: Fall Fails—What to 'Look Forward To' This Fall From the Broadcast Networks

Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Bill Frost

It’s been a rough couple of seasons for broadcast network television. Programming competition from cable and streaming services is at an all-time high, resulting in the era of There’s Too Many Shows.

You’d think that, in response, the broadcast networks would raise the quality and imagination going f...

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Home Video Review: Despite Good Work by Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman, 'The Family Fang' Feels Uneven

Home Video Review: Despite Good Work by Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman, 'The Family Fang' Feels Uneven

Tuesday, May 24, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Jason Bateman follows up his strong directorial debut, Bad Words , with The Family Fang , a loopy tale about a quirky, dysfunctional family. Unfortunately, the movie never really finds its way.

The film gets off to a good start as Bateman plays Baxter Fang, a down-and-out writer trying to put together hi...

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We Saw It Coming: George Clooney, Julia Roberts Are Wasted Among Clichés in 'Money Monster'

We Saw It Coming: George Clooney, Julia Roberts Are Wasted Among Clichés in 'Money Monster'

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Director Jodie Foster goes for a 1970s throwback vibe while approaching a modern financial subject in Money Monster , a valiant but messy effort starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Clooney plays Lee Gates, host of Money Monster , a sensationalistic financial program that features Gates dancing aro...

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Lovable 'Meddler': Susan Sarandon Is Endearing in This Sweet and Clever Film

Lovable 'Meddler': Susan Sarandon Is Endearing in This Sweet and Clever Film

Thursday, May 19, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Susan Sarandon gets the fun vehicle she deserves with The Meddler , a fine directorial effort from Lorene Scafaria ( Seeking a Friend at the End of the World ), who also wrote the clever and sweet screenplay.

Sarandon plays Marnie, a New Jersey widow who has moved to Los Angeles to be near her daughter, ...

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