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Tragic Talent: Jason Segel Is Simply Amazing as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour'

Tragic Talent: Jason Segel Is Simply Amazing as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour'

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

In 1996, Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky spent almost a week living and traveling with author David Foster Wallace. Wallace was winding up a book tour in support of his highly acclaimed, wonderfully crazy novel Infinite Jest , and Lipsky thought there was no better time to spotlight this author in one...

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Fun but Frustrating: 'American Ultra' Is Worth Seeing—but It Could Have Been Something Special

Fun but Frustrating: 'American Ultra' Is Worth Seeing—but It Could Have Been Something Special

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Jesse Eisenberg is having himself a great summer with this and his career-best performance in The End of the Tour . Eisenberg spreads his wings a bit as a stoner with a secret in  American Ultra , this sporadically fun film from director Nima Nourizadeh ( Project X ) and writer Max Landis ( Chronicle ).

Whil...

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True TV: The Dregs of Summer—Catching Up With the Worst of the Season

True TV: The Dregs of Summer—Catching Up With the Worst of the Season

Wednesday, August 26, 2015  |  Bill Frost

Geeks Who Drink (Thursdays, Syfy), new series: The version of Geeks Who Drink at the local bar can be fun, but would you watch it? What if it was hosted by the guy who used to be Chuck (Zachary Levi) and featured a smattering of semi-celebrities? Yeah, it’s still not a show—but Syfy disagrees. The trivia...

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Home Video Review: 'Alleluia' Features One of the Most Diabolical Screen Couples in Years

Home Video Review: 'Alleluia' Features One of the Most Diabolical Screen Couples in Years

Tuesday, August 25, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Gloria (Lola Dueñas) is one of the craziest characters to hit screens in years. Major applause goes to Dueñas, who steals the film Alleluia by encapsulating pure insanity as a quiet woman who reluctantly goes on an outing with an online date, Michel (Laurent Lucas).

The two have a one-night stand. Glor...

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Rap Revelation: 'Straight Outta Compton' Does N.W.A. Proud

Rap Revelation: 'Straight Outta Compton' Does N.W.A. Proud

Thursday, August 20, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

I did not realize until I had watched the entirety of Straight Outta Compton , the thrilling new N.W.A. biopic, that Ice Cube’s son was playing Ice Cube.

It’s not like the guy is named Ice Cube Jr. He’s actually named O’Shea Jackson Jr.—his dad’s birth name with Jr. tacked on to the end.

Jackson Jr. is ...

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True TV: 'Fear the Walking Dead' and 'Blunt Talk' Debut; Lifetime Does 'Full House'

True TV: 'Fear the Walking Dead' and 'Blunt Talk' Debut; Lifetime Does 'Full House'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  |  Bill Frost

Documentary Now! (Thursday, Aug. 20, IFC), series debut: Relax, it’s not a real documentary series—IFC doesn’t do that anymore. The former Independent Film Channel is now in the Irregularly Funny Comedy business, and Documentary Now! (the exclamation point should’ve been a giveaway) is a faux-doc series ...

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