May 16, 2016
COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea The Angry Birds Movie From the video game of the same name - the flightless birds' island idyll is interrupted by an invasion of . . . pigs. With the voice talents of Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn(!), and Jason Sudekis. PG Love & Friendship Whit Stillman puts the finish on an unfinished Jane Austen novel ( Lady Susan ), with Kate Beckinsale in the lead - and American Chloë Sevigny joining a troupe of Brits.
November 20, 2015 |
In "The Night Before," Seth Rogen attempts the first bros before ho, ho, hos comedy. He plays Isaac, who tries, along with high-school buddies Chris (Anthony Mackie) and Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), to maintain a fraying tradition of spending Christmas Eve together, though Isaac now has a family and Chris is a famous pro athlete. The odd dude out is Ethan, who has a botched music career and works on the fringes of the catering business, when he's not alone in his apartment moping about his breakup with Diana (Lizzy Kaplan)
October 20, 2015 |
Cold enough for ya? More than our weather got chilly this weekend. The movies did, too. "Goosebumps," based on the semi-spooky kids' book series, went big at the box office, taking in $23.5 million in 3,501 theaters. The young-adult-appropriate horror movie froze out Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks with their Cold War-inspired "Bridge of Spies. " It skated past Matt Damon in Ridley Scott's "The Martian," and gave the cold shoulder to Guillermo del Toro's adult-level scary "Crimson Peak.
October 16, 2015 |
STEVE JOBS' famous Reality Distortion Field, created by his feats of persuasive razzle dazzle, gets turned against him in the new movie bearing his name. The wacky, don't-call-it-a-biopic "Steve Jobs" creates a distortion field of its own - it's loosely based on Walter Isaacson's biography, but is obviously and flagrantly slippery in its use of facts. Even its casting is strange. Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Jobs and makes no attempt to mimic him, adding to a wave of dissent from This-Isn't-The-Real-Steve detractors.
August 10, 2015 |
For years, Jason Segel has proved himself a reliably funny dude, a comic foil and sometimes-leading man in rom-coms, brom-coms, and a sitcom, too. Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man, The Five-Year Engagement, and nine seasons' worth of the CBS hit How I Met Your Mother - the guy's comedy cred is without question. But Segel, like comic actors before him (Bill Murray and Robin Williams, to name two), was itching to try something different, something with more heft, more meaning.
March 23, 2015 |
My kids are fighting. They're not my kids. I should stop personifying them. My cat is being mean to my son. Sorry, my cat is being aggressive with my dog. As any parent knows, it's heartbreaking. It's keeping me up at night. Literally. This morning at 2:45 a.m., a cat yowl woke me up. I had to take Pip the dog into the bed for protective custody. It wasn't always like this. A year and a half ago, I borrowed Mimi from my mother to catch a mouse in my apartment.
February 2, 2015
The wind is howling, but inside this coffeehouse on Christian Street, it's cozy, all the windows opaque with steam. One by one, the patrons - millennials who have staked out their tables with laptops - approach Abbi Jacobson to gush about how much they love her show, Broad City . "It's usually not like this," says the Main Line native, flustered by the processional. "Most places, I'm not recognized at all. " She'd better get used to the attention. Her anarchic Comedy Central series with Ilana Glazer is rapidly transitioning from cult favorite to prime-time sensation.
December 26, 2014 |
Despite all the hoopla, beyond the international scandal, the cyberattack on movie studio Sony by (maybe) North Korean-sponsored hackers, and the 9/11-style attack threats, Seth Rogen's The Interview , a satirical political thriller about a plot to assassinate North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un, is . . . crazy funny. Initially set to premiere on Christmas Day, The Interview , which stars James Franco as an American TV host tasked with assassinating Kim, was pulled by major theater chains following threats its screening would be met with terrorist attacks.
December 20, 2014 |
Thanks to Sony's quick and craven cancellation of its release of The Interview , the few critics who saw the movie in advance became not just the stiffs paid to watch this stuff, but also one of Hollywood's most exclusive audiences ever. So what did they think? Scott Foundas wrote in Variety that the film, which has drawn electronic attacks and threats tentatively linked to North Korea, is "about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted. " Referring to the coarse comedy favored by stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, Jordan Hoffman began his review in the Guardian by addressing "what's front and center on the screen: butts.
December 19, 2014 |
DAN STERLING , "the guy that brought down Sony," is from West Philadelphia. So wrote 24/7 Molly Eichel on philly.com yesterday. Sterling, you see, is the fella who wrote "The Interview," the film at the center of the Sony hacking scandal. The movie, which now may never be seen, stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as TV journalists tasked with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un . Sony canceled the theatrical release after hacker group Guardians of Peace threatened an attack on theaters screening the film.