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    Sundance 2015: You should abstain from ‘Sleeping with Other People’

    With each new inferior romantic-comedy, you come to appreciate the delicate brilliance of When Harry Met Sally just a little bit more. Sleeping with Other People is a particularly egregious offender because it borrows so heavily from the classic. Though it tries very hard (too hard) to please, it can’t overcome its faulty premise, miscast leads, and ill-conceived gags. This is a rom-com with very few laughs and even fewer romantic sparks. More

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    Sundance 2015: ‘Sleeping With Other People’ inadvertently upstages the power of its intimate moments

    Sleeping with Other People Directed and written by Leslye Headland USA, 2015 Lesyle Headland’s Sleeping with Other People is a R-rated romantic comedy that suffers from being a little too in love with itself but hits a few notes of authenticity and elicits enough raucous humor to make it a mostly worthwhile exercise in deciphering […] More

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    ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ holds comedy hostage

    There’s nothing more depressing than a lazy comedy, and Horrible Bosses 2 suffers from a terminal case of laziness. Instead of gleefully diving into its richly-black premise, it settles for obvious sight gags and uninspired improvisations. A talented comedic cast is wasted on material that aims for mediocrity and hits the target over and over again. There simply aren’t enough laughs here to justify this film’s existence. More

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    ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ gets a first trailer

    In the new tradition of giving mildly to wildly successful original Hollywood comedies a sequel (Hangover, 22 Jump Street, Think Like a Man Too), we of course are getting a sequel to Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses, starring Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis, a film about three guys who hated their bosses and decided […] More

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    TIFF 2013: What We Learned from Jason Reitman’s Live Read of ‘Boogie Nights’

    For the second coming of Jason Reitman’s (Labor Day) now infamous Live Read program to the Toronto International Film Festival, the young auteur has yet again assembled an all-star cast to tackle one of his (and everyone else’s) all-time favorite films. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights premiered at TIFF in the now defunct Uptown Theatre […] More

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    Movie Trailer: The Farrelly Brother’s ‘Hall Pass’

    By now you are quite familiar with Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The brothers have written and directed such films as Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, Me, Myself, and Irene, and now the Farrelly’s bring us Hall Pass. Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers) and Jason Sudeikis (SNL)  are having a mid-life crisis and to teach […] More