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Culture, The Exhibitionist Director Adam McKay Does Not Shortchange with <i>The Big Short</i>

Director Adam McKay Does Not Shortchange with The Big Short

The Big Short is about the circumstances that led to the subprime mortgage crisis that expedited the 2008 economic collapse—and surprisingly it's one of the most riveting, edge-of-your-seat thrill rides of 2015. According to director Adam McKay, striking the necessary…
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Film, "Despicable Me 2": Mo' Minions, Mo' Problems

"Despicable Me 2": Mo' Minions, Mo' Problems

Less inspired than its predecessor, and not exactly a necessary sequel, this madcap caper still makes for a righteously looney 'toon. The reformed Euro-supervillain Gru (Steve Carrell), having retired to rear his adopted daughters and develop a line of jams…
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Film, "Hope Springs": Rom-Com Doesn't Practice Tolerance It Preaches

"Hope Springs": Rom-Com Doesn't Practice Tolerance It Preaches

Although the tone of Steve Carell's couples-counseling character in Hope Springs is consistently placid and even-handed, it's also tellingly vague. Hope Springs might appear more contemplative than your average studio-produced rom-com, but that's only because it's atypically concerned with an…
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Film, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World": Apocalyptically Dull

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World": Apocalyptically Dull

What's missing from first-time director Lorene Scafaria's Steve Carell — vehicle misfire is the one element any apocalypse narrative suffocates without — urgency. Scafaria, screenwriter of the chipper, inexplicably lauded Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, has created an end-times comedy…
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Film, "Crazy Stupid Love": Sweet but Less-Than-Groundbreaking Romcom

"Crazy Stupid Love": Sweet but Less-Than-Groundbreaking Romcom

In the first scene of Crazy, Stupid, Love, Emily (Julianne Moore) tells Cal (Steve Carell), her high school sweetheart and husband of 20-plus years, that she wants a divorce. She goes on to mention that she had an affair with…
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Film, "Dinner for Schmucks": Mental disability as comedy

"Dinner for Schmucks": Mental disability as comedy

In Steve Carell's first few episodes of the American version of The Office, his character, Michael Scott, hewed closely to the template created by the series' British mastermind, Ricky Gervais. Scott, like David Brent before him, was cruel and obtuse,…
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Film, Paul Rudd on "Dinner for Schmucks" and playing himself

Paul Rudd on "Dinner for Schmucks" and playing himself

When last I saw Paul Rudd, in person, it was March 2009 in the lobby of the Four Seasons in Austin. It was 3 in the morning, hours after I Love You, Man had its premiere at the South by…
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Film, "Despicable Me"

"Despicable Me"

As the lights were dimming before a preview screening of Despicable Me, the 6-year-old who lives in my house leaned over and said, "I hope this is funny — not like Toy Story 3." Now don't misunderstand: He adored that…
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Film, Bad marriage: Lowbrow and chemistry-free in "Date Night"

Bad marriage: Lowbrow and chemistry-free in "Date Night"

"We are not these people! We are a boring couple from New Jersey!" Claire Foster (Tina Fey) complains to her husband, Phil (Steve Carell), about halfway through Date Night, the latest high-gloss, middle-to-lowbrow would-be blockbuster from director Shawn Levy (Cheaper…
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Music, Bouncer

Sad cowboys ride into Chevy's for metallic margaritas

If you watch the American version of The Office, you know that Michael, the clueless boss played by Steve Carell, likes Chili's restaurant. He always orchestrates celebrations there, bringing the important clients he wants to impress (the really big clients…
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Music, All Shook Down Jon Favreau, Steve Carell, X-Files Cast Make Appearances at SF WonderCon

Jon Favreau, Steve Carell, X-Files Cast Make Appearances at SF WonderCon

Prepare yourself for the annual geek-out known as the WonderCon. Hollywood's love affair with comic book culture is bringing out some very cool appearances and panels at this year's convention. Scheduled to appear is Jon Favreau, who directed the…
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Film, Dan in Reel Life

Dan in Reel Life

Dan in Real Life has this much going for it: It is not the worst Steve Carell film of 2007. That honor, of course, goes to Evan Almighty, which even the Lord walked out of during the second reel. Fact…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish You'll Laugh Dying

You'll Laugh Dying

You Kill Me (Genius) Funny thing seeing Philip Baker Hall in You Kill Me, as he's already played the role of a drunken hit man's boss in The Matador, to which this feels like a slapshtick-noir sequel. It's also the…
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Evan Can Wait

Evan Almighty, the follow-up to Bruce Almighty, is the work of an angry God. At 89 minutes that last a lifetime, it's a sanctimonious sitcom dolled up as the most expensive comedy ever made — $175 mil, so they say,…
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Film, Ain't No Sunshine

Ain't No Sunshine

Like the shambling VW van its hapless characters steer from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, Little Miss Sunshine is a rickety vehicle that travels mostly downhill. How this antic-extended sitcom from first-time feature makers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris left Sundance…
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Film, Cherry on Top

Cherry on Top

Some art-house programmer would be wise to schedule a double bill of The Aristocrats, Paul Provenza's talkumentary about the dirtiest joke ever told, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, writer/director Judd Apatow's near-brilliant movie about a grown-up geek who simply lost interest…
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