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Film, Bad Words film review

Bad Words film review

For better and mostly worse, Jason Bateman's directorial debut plays to his strengths. A former child star with a latent midlife gift for stunted adulthood, Bateman casts himself as a bitter 40-year-old who crashes a hallowed national spelling bee. While…
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Music, All Shook Down The Five Greatest Music Video Parodies of 2013

The Five Greatest Music Video Parodies of 2013

Finally! We're in the midst of the very last week of 2013! It's almost all over, everyone! So, what have we learned from music this year? Well, mostly that you need a completely naked woman in your promo clip if…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Music Videos With Hilarious Comedian Cameos

5 Music Videos With Hilarious Comedian Cameos

Ever since Paul Simon put Chevy Chase in the simple (but now-classic) video for 1987's "You Can Call Me Al," and Bobby McFerrin followed suit the following year by bringing Robin Williams into the clip for "Don't Worry, Be Happy", musicians…
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Film, "Identity Thief": Madcap Anti-Capitalist Hijinks

"Identity Thief": Madcap Anti-Capitalist Hijinks

Considering the way Fox News raked The Muppets over the coals for its supposed anti-capitalist themes, a similar outrage seems likely when they see Seth Gordon's Identity Thief. It implies that Ayn Rand acolytes are not very nice, and that…
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Film, "Mansome": Spurlock Investigates the Age of Manscaping

"Mansome": Spurlock Investigates the Age of Manscaping

"I think that men are having an identity crisis, but they don't really know it." So says "biological anthropologist" Helen Fisher, speaking in Mansome, Morgan Spurlock's anecdotal pop documentary about masculine self-presentation in the 21st century, which allegedly attempts to…
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Film, "The Change-Up": Bros Switch Bodies in Puerile Comedy

"The Change-Up": Bros Switch Bodies in Puerile Comedy

A uniquely Freudian entry in the body-switching comedy canon, The Change-Up stars Jason Bateman as standard issue anal-retentive lawyer and family man Dave, and Ryan Reynolds as Dave's classically anal-expulsive stoner and playboy childhood friend Mitch. When sober, Dave begrudgingly…
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Film, "The Switch": Attractive female seeks attractive sperm donor

"The Switch": Attractive female seeks attractive sperm donor

The Switch is a loose adaptation of a Jeffrey Eugenides story, "Baster," published in The New Yorker in 1996 and deemed fit for inclusion in the 2001 best-of anthology Wonderful Town. Last week, when asked by the New Yorker's book…
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Film, Mike Judge goes back to work with <i>Extract</i>

Mike Judge goes back to work with Extract

Mike Judge began writing the screenplay for Extract not long after Office Space opened and closed in a matter of weeks in the late winter of 1999. The two movies were always intended as bookends, with Extract countering the earlier…
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Counter-Strike

The year: 2505. Your viewing choices tonight: an oldie but a goodie — a picture called Ass, a feature-length screensaver of butt cheeks punctuated by the occasional fart — or the hit TV show Ow! My Balls, a connoisseur's compilation…
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Film, <i>Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium</i> Not That Wonderful

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Not That Wonderful

Midway through the amiable children's movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, there comes a speech that I'll wager writer-director Zach Helm had been saving for future use ever since he discovered the Bard. As pop philosophy goes, it's bracing stuff: Paraphrasing…
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Film, 'The Kingdom' Posits CSI: Riyadh with a Jamie Foxx Twist

'The Kingdom' Posits CSI: Riyadh with a Jamie Foxx Twist

The Kingdom is the first film from Peter Berg since the actor-turned-director's Friday Night Lights, which spawned an acclaimed, if struggling, franchise for NBC. There will be no small-screen spinoff of The Kingdom — there are too many corpses lying…
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