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Dopey but Worthy: 'Max' Offers an Important Message—and a Really Cool Pooch

Dopey but Worthy: 'Max' Offers an Important Message—and a Really Cool Pooch

Thursday, July 02, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

In Max , Max the dog (an impressive Belgian Malinois with nice acting skills) comes back to the U.S. after serving with the Marines in Afghanistan. His handler’s family adopts him when they learn he’s suffering from PTSD and is due to be put down.

Max winds up bonding with his handler’s brother, and th...

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A Mixed Homage: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' Takes Elements from Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach

A Mixed Homage: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' Takes Elements from Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach

Thursday, July 02, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

High school kid Greg (Thomas Mann) is forced by his mom (Connie Britton) to hang out with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who has cancer, in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl .

Greg and pal Earl (RJ Cyler), who have been making spoof movies since they were little kids, decide to make one for Rachel.

Director Alfons...

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Overstuffed: Despite Numerous Laughs, 'Ted 2' Is Undone by Lame Courtroom Scenes

Overstuffed: Despite Numerous Laughs, 'Ted 2' Is Undone by Lame Courtroom Scenes

Thursday, July 02, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Somebody needs to take Seth MacFarlane aside and tell him to calm his ass down. He’s still funny, but he’s getting egregiously carried away in his movies—to the point where he is wrecking them.

The original Ted was the oddest of charmers: It starred a profane teddy bear saying some of the most disgusti...

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True TV: CBS Burns Off Sitcoms; IFC Drops 'The Spoils Before Dying'

True TV: CBS Burns Off Sitcoms; IFC Drops 'The Spoils Before Dying'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015  |  Bill Frost

The Millers (Saturday, July 4, CBS), series burn-off: Talk about “unceremonious.” Dumped on Saturdays, on the Fourth of July? Damn. Canceled family sitcom The Millers (starring Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges and J.B. Smoove) deserves a better send-off than this; there are far worse CBS com...

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Home Video Review: 'Creep' Is Yet Another Found-Footage Film—but This One Works

Home Video Review: 'Creep' Is Yet Another Found-Footage Film—but This One Works

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

As far as “found footage” films go, this is of the better ones. That’s because Mark Duplass ( Safety Not Guaranteed , The One I Love ) and director/co-star Patrick Brice seem to be acknowledging that this particular way of movie-making is a little ridiculous.

Per usual, characters in great peril continue...

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Straight 'Dope': This Film Is Funny—and It Has a Strong Message About Racial Profiling

Straight 'Dope': This Film Is Funny—and It Has a Strong Message About Racial Profiling

Thursday, June 25, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa finds a creative way to make his Dope a throwback/homage to the best of Spike Lee’s films.

He makes his protagonist, Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a hardcore fan of late ’80s and early ’90s black and pop culture—to the point where he dresses the part and fronts a throwback band...

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