Category Archives: Comedy

21 Jump Street (R)

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“21 Jump Street,” with a story by Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill, keeps loose ties to the television show that preceded it, while coming up with a funny and oddly warm film that breaks convention. It takes the awkwardness of high school – being funny enough to comment on its upsides but smart enough to […]

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Taking Woodstock (R)

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Music fans know the impact and influence the 1969 Woodstock festival had – both musically and culturally. Most of us have no idea of the sheer scale and magnitude of the event, relying on old photographs, videos, and less than clear thinking eye witness accounts to recant tales of nearly mystic proportions.

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Frank (R)

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The union between insanity and creativity has long been an intriguing theme for fiction. Many of our most interesting and original entertainers have suffered mental illnesses (a subject which has become increasingly open ever since the untimely and saddening death of Robin Williams), and though Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank“ was promoted and will be labeled as a […]

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The Graduate (NR)

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Ben Braddock may be the most selfish character ever idealized on the screen. An adolescent with no regard for others, he goes from being an indecisive college graduate to a degenerate and sadistic creep. He bulldozes and takes advantage of giving people until they’ve served his purpose, and then, like a packet of ketchup or […]

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Swiss Army Man (R)

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I wonder what has to go through a writer’s mind to come up with “Swiss Army Man:” there would have to be some chasm of depression and isolation, but also a heavy-duty sense of humor and creativity.  I can say I have never seen anything like it, and can be almost certain I never will […]

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Ocean’s 11 (PG)

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A framed photo of the legendary Rat Pack members sharing drinks and a laugh at Carnegie Hall in 1961 has hung in my apartment for a decade. The black and white image captures with it two things; a frozen moment in time, and the essence of coolness that these men were at the genesis of […]

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Turner & Hooch (PG)

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In the world of police procedurals, the ‘buddy cop’ routine is fairly established. We’ve seen it before with films like “Rush Hour” and “Cop and a Half.” However, the 1989 film “Turner & Hooch” takes a different take on the genre, establishing as a cop’s buddy not a kid or a hardened officer, but rather […]

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Animal House (R)

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National Lampoons is known for producing its share of raunchy comedies, and the 1978 “Animal House” is no exception. It’s a college movie through and through, and a celebration of that side of college life sandwiched between sleep and good grades – parties, drinking, girls…fraternities. The film follows the exploits of a rowdy and black […]

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Caddyshack (R)

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Before he would star in “Ghostbusters,” Harold Ramis would direct “Caddyshack,” a wild time of an ‘80s movie released, aptly, in 1980. The film had a bevy of stars renowned today, such as Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Rodney Dangerfield, and mixed a posh country club setting with ‘80s hijinks aplenty. Oddly nominated for a […]

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