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Abortion comedy movie works: Obvious Child is funny and sweet rather than offensive

By Alex Bentley

Movies are so homogenized in the 21st century that it counts as a shock when a film takes a true risk. That is certainly the case with Obvious Child, a comedy that dares to broach the hot-button is ...


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Music waste: Clint Eastwood makes a mess of Jersey Boys, fails to deliver a worthy movie

By Alex Bentley

Since debuting in 2005, Jersey Boys has been one of the most popular Broadway musicals around. It has also revived interest in Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a group that, despite being induct ...


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Clown win: Jonah Hill makes 22 Jump Street even crazier — and more hilarious — than the bromance original

By Alex Bentley

When 21 Jump Street came out in 2012, few expected it to become the success that it did. But Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum had the ineffable chemistry every good buddy comedy needs, and the film wa ...


Movie Time

No Zooey Deschanel, no problem: (500) Days Of Summer team scores again with Fault in Our Stars

By Alex Bentley

Movie romances tend to come with a certain formula, and that doesn't usually include main characters afflicted with deadly diseases. That’s just the first of many things that makes The Fa ...


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Tom Cruise proves he's smarmy, cocky and surprisingly funny, but a lame Edge of Tomorrow still implodes

By Alex Bentley

When we first encounter Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, he, as Major William Cage, is at his smarmy best, shilling to TV news shows on behalf of a global military alliance created to combat an alie ...


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Bella Thorne can't save Adam Sandler in Blended: This is no Wedding Singer

By Alex Bentley

Adam Sandler is not in the business of surprising people. The vast majority of films released under his Happy Madison Productions banner are comedies that aim for cheap, easy laughs with little cha ...


Sigma No

Zac Efron shows off killer abs and — surprise! — acting talent in tame Neighbors

By Alex Bentley

The premise for Neighbors seems inspired enough: A young couple with a baby are happy in their neighborhood until a fraternity from the local university buys the house next door, turning their subu ...


Not-So-Superhero

Superhero fatigue: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn't much of a web master

By Alex Bentley

When The Amazing Spider-Man came out in 2012, 10 years after the first Spider-Man and just five years after the end of that trilogy, it felt like a serviceable if wholly unnecessary addition to the ...


Movie Quirkiness at its Finest

The Grand Budapest Hotel shows Houston-born director at his wacky best

By Alex Bentley

Even if you’ve never quite understood the appeal of his films, it’s hard to knock Wes Anderson for his dedication to the craft. The Houston native who graduated from St. John's Scho ...


Movie Time

A seductive Scarlett Johansson helps make Her one of the strangest movies ever

By Alex Bentley

Spike Jonze’s mindset has always been slightly askew from the majority of those in the entertainment industry. Whether making videos for the Beastie Boys or Bjork, generating ideas for the Ja ...


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