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Film, "Butter": Rancid Sentimentality

"Butter": Rancid Sentimentality

Broad-stereotype comedy is slathered in shameless bathos in Butter, Jim Field Smith's tale of a heated Iowa butter-carving competition between former renowned champion Bob's (Ty Burrell) ball-busting wife, Laura (Jennifer Garner), and young African-American orphan Destiny (Yara Shahidi), who now…
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Film, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green": Jerks Tears, Rates Jeers

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green": Jerks Tears, Rates Jeers

"It's a hard world to be different in," says Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) to her Pinterest/vision-board child Timothy (CJ Adams) while trying to explain why he must cover up the leaves that sprout on his legs. "Lots of people hate…
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Film, Ricky Gervais can only get so far, or so funny, with <i>The Invention of Lying</i>

Ricky Gervais can only get so far, or so funny, with The Invention of Lying

The Invention of Lying's plot hook sounds like a pile-up of Jim Carrey–Tom Shadyac concept comedies. The assumption is that there isn't much crossover between the Liar, Liar and Ricky Gervais fanbases. Gervais' fuzzy parable exists in an alternate universe…
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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, Knocked Up

Knocked Up

Juno marks the second film for director Jason Reitman and the first for screenwriter Diablo Cody, author of the Pussy Ranch blog, which, surprisingly, has very little to do with baby kittens. Reitman, who made his debut with a swaggering…
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Film, <i>Big</i> Deal

Big Deal

I am going to give 13 Going on 30 too much credit, though it's hardly worth the effort; Lord knows the filmmakers didn't put much into it. It's a shame, as far as these things go, because what could have…
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