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Film, "Turbo": An Incredibly Fast Snail and Some Social Commentary

"Turbo": An Incredibly Fast Snail and Some Social Commentary

Though Dreamworks' Turbo is being promoted as an animated parody of the Fast & Furious series, its story of a snail called Turbo (Ryan Reynolds) who dreams of racing in the Indianapolis 500 and teams up with Tito, a human…
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Film, "Excuse Me for Living": No Excuses for This Drivel

"Excuse Me for Living": No Excuses for This Drivel

Excuse Me for Living, sophomore writer/director and first-time producer Ric Klass' wracked therapy comedy, is neither so charming nor humane that it justifies lead actor Tom Pelphrey's consistent leering smirk. Pelphrey plays Dan, a cookie-cutter playboy who pissed away his…
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Film, "Safe House": Shaky Cinematography Blurs Action

"Safe House": Shaky Cinematography Blurs Action

In Safe House, Ryan Reynolds plays Matt Weston, a junior CIA agent assigned to babysit a safe house in Cape Town. He's dying to be transferred to Paris, where his adorable girlfriend (Nora Arnezeder) is scheduled to take a job.…
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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, "Green Lantern": CGI Superheroes Don't Get More Boring Than This

"Green Lantern": CGI Superheroes Don't Get More Boring Than This

It's 10 minutes before a human character appears on-screen in Green Lantern, a personality-free franchise-launcher that builds toward a quaint, if explosive, argument in favor of the nebulous quality of "humanity." Via a heavily CGI'd prologue, we learn that the…
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Film, One more down the aisle with <i>The Proposal</i>

One more down the aisle with The Proposal

Fifteen minutes after seeing The Proposal, I'd forgotten I'd seen The Proposal. Well, that isn't entirely true: By then, it had simply merged in my memory with a thousand other films just like it — those in which phony lovers…
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Film, The summer of our '80s youth in <i>Adventureland</i>

The summer of our '80s youth in Adventureland

Set a mere two decades ago, Greg Mottola's Adventureland seems as if it could be taking place on a distant planet, less for the leg warmers and knee socks clinging to lower extremities than for the legions of pre-Internet Luddites…
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Film, <i>Definitely, Maybe</i> Rejects the V-Day RomCom Bliss

Definitely, Maybe Rejects the V-Day RomCom Bliss

Sandwiched somewhere between the American Spirit commercials and the Clinton campaigning that comprise Definitely, Maybe is a surprisingly rewarding romantic comedy — one worth the effort, because some effort has actually been put into it. Imagine, really, old-school Woody Allen…
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Film, Weighting ...

Weighting ...

For those of us who dug Rob McKittrick's recent comedy Waiting ... , Just Friends offers up some good news: Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris are together again as a dysfunctional couple. He's a slick music executive named Chris Brander,…
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Film, You Got Served

You Got Served

All the publicity for Waiting ... has focused on the scene in which an annoying customer at the fictional chain restaurant ShenaniganZ sends her food back to the kitchen, where it meets with all sorts of nasty modifications, courtesy of…
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