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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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    The Hype Cycle Week 6: The Long Road Ahead

    This week at the end of October is the point in the Oscar race where pundits begin spinning their wheels. The festivals are over, the critics’ awards haven’t started yet, and no new movies are arriving, leaving little to actually go on in terms of new predictions. Keep in mind, when an Oscar pundit talks […] More

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    The Hype Cycle: Toronto, Telluride and Venice Oscar buzz (Part 2)

    The Hype Cycle is News Editor Brian Welk’s roundup of industry news, reviews and predictions of everything Oscar, boiled down into weekly power rankings of the buzziest and most likely contenders in this year’s awards season. This article is Part 2 of this week’s Hype Cycle column. Read Part 1 from yesterday.  7. Foxcatcher and […] More

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    ‘Life of Crime’ is a fun but lesser Elmore Leonard adaptation

    Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes) get much more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer (Tim Robbins). As it turns out, Frank Dawson has no intentions of paying the ransom for the well-being of his wife, Mickey (Jennifer Aniston). He had been seeking a way to leave his wife of many years for his mistress (Isla Fisher), and fortunately Ordell and Louis took care of the messiness of actually leaving Mickey for him by kidnapping her. 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: ‘Life of Crime’ a fine addition to canon of Elmore Leonard adaptations

    With the timing of a well-orchestrated heist, the latest screen adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel closes this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Given his recent passing and the well-deserved plaudits from various luminaries of pen and screen, his rap sheet has been celebrated over the past few weeks. Based on Leonard’s novel The Switch, writer and director Daniel Schechter has managed to embezzle a fine addition to the long list of lean Leonard works. Although it doesn’t quite hit the jackpot, it does manage to purloin some fine criminal characters and a gutsy group of belly laughs to boot. More

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