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‘Masterminds’ review: Bursts of funny drowned out by laziness

It’s never easy to make a smart comedy, but it’s that much harder when your subject is essentially rabid stupidity. It would be nice to say that’s what director Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”) set out to do with his latest comedy, “Masterminds,” but the movie is so all over the place that you...

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  • Warner Bros. says they won't make a 'Cursed Child' trilogy, finally does something right

    Warner Bros. says they won't make a 'Cursed Child' trilogy, finally does something right

    Nothing in this world is sacred anymore. At least, that's what Warner Bros.' insistence on sucking the life out of any and all popular franchises would have you believe. But, not all hope is lost for the Harry Potter universe. A report published last weekend by New York Daily News said movie execs...

  • ‘Morgan’ review: Doesn’t even realize how bad it is

    ‘Morgan’ review: Doesn’t even realize how bad it is

    To quote a woman sitting near me during the screening of “Morgan,” “The stupid is just astronomical.” On every level, “Morgan” is a failure. It somehow simultaneously over-explains and under-explains its concept, a watered-down, clichéd version of every “man creates monster, monster eats man” movie...

  • Interview: John Krasinski talks 'The Hollars,' pushy women and raising a family

    Interview: John Krasinski talks 'The Hollars,' pushy women and raising a family

    It feels very natural to sit across from John Krasinski. At 25, he was plucked from obscurity to play Jim Halpert in “The Office,” and for the next eight years, we watched Jim (and John) talk to us. It’s not unusual for fans to convince themselves they know celebrities, but there was something...

  • 'Southside with You' is pointedly feminist

    'Southside with You' is pointedly feminist

    It’s a worn-out trope of romantic comedies that a Type-A woman meets a fun-loving guy who teaches her how to let loose. Uptight women are the worst. Consider Michelle Robinson in “Southside with You.” Michelle wasn’t interested in dating a guy named Barack Obama because she was his adviser at work....

  • Interview: Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers on playing Michelle and Barack Obama in 'Southside with You'

    Interview: Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers on playing Michelle and Barack Obama in 'Southside with You'

    A visit to an art exhibit. Lunch in the park. Dancing with street musicians. A stirring speech at a community event. Strolling along Lake Michigan. A drink. A movie. A shared ice cream cone. If that sounds like a first date engineered by Hollywood, too fantastic to take place in real life, you’ll...

  • Date like the Obamas: Your guide to the first couple's first date

    Date like the Obamas: Your guide to the first couple's first date

    We can't all be as beautiful, powerful or wonderful as Barack and Michelle Obama. But we can try to emulate them as much as possible, right down to their first date.  In "Southside with You," the first couple goes on their first date in 1989 Chicago. The two spent the whole day together—"He was...

  • ‘Southside with You’ review: A complicated love story worthy of the Obamas

    ‘Southside with You’ review: A complicated love story worthy of the Obamas

    Aggressively politically charged, 2016 has given us a chance to be nostalgic about Barack and Michelle Obama. The finish line is in sight, and moments like their Democratic National Convention speeches make us prematurely wistful for their time in the White House. It’s a perfect occasion for the...

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