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    THE DICTATOR Review

    Anyone can be offensive. The skill comes with trying to get people to laugh at it. Sacha Baron Cohen, the mind behind the semi-scripted comedies Borat and Bruno, has shown a great skill at getting audiences to laugh at light comic fodder like incest, rape, anti-Semitism, screaming dickholes, and carrying bags of **** to the dinner table. He also tends to throw in a little social criticism for some spice. The Dictator marks his first feature-length, fully-scripted film, and while the blade may be a bit more polished, the edge remains razor-sharp. Despite a slapdash plot and a cop-out ending, The Dictator is brilliantly irreverent, juvenile, cartoonish, and it will have you laughing, feeling guilty about laughing, and then laughing even harder...

    ...Strangely, for all the jokes made at the expense of minorities and tragedies, The Dictator has a glass jaw. The ending fails to reconcile the monstrous acts of Aladeen with his newfound “humility”. The film ends up torn between the brilliant dark comedy of the previous 75 minutes and trying to leave audiences on an uplifting note. Cohen never wants us to feel conflicted about Aladeen, and his performance goes a long way in helping us feel sympathy towards the character. However, Cohen is incredibly reluctant in having Aladeen grow because doing so would fundamentally change what makes the character absurd. If Aladeen becomes kind and understanding and sheds off his authoritarian ways, then he’s not funny anymore. It’s bizarre that the movie can be a crowd-pleaser by making jokes about rape centers, but it’s too timid to buck the convention of a transformative arc.

    As long as it stays away from timid compromise, The Dictator is a deliciously bad-taste comedy. I saw the film almost a week ago and I’m still chuckling when I think back on some of the jokes. Shock value dissipates quickly, but The Dictator never uses offense as an end unto itself. It’s always used in the service of gross-out humor, playful banter, cartoony situations, and joyous absurdity. The material may be offensive, but viewers can’t feel too offended when they’re laughing so damn hard.

    Rating: B+

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    Robin Williams, Mila Kunis and Peter Dinklage Star in THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN

    you have 90 minutes left to live, what do you do? That’s the premise of The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, a new screenplay from Daniel Tapitz (Red Dog) to be directed by Phil Alden Robinson (The Sum of All Fears). The picture centers on the fallout after a stand-in doctor mistakenly tells an obnoxious patient that he has an hour-and-a-half left to live. While the patient goes on a tirade in New York City, attempting to right all the wrongs in his life, the doctor tries in vain to track him down. The high concept comedy stars Robin Williams, Mila Kunis and Peter Dinklage, and has also snared Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is set to start filming this September in Brooklyn.

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    Nope.

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    Sleaze Roxx: Spinal Tap's Michael McKean Struck By Car

    McKean has been a tremendously versatile comic actor for decades...get well soon.

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    Zach Galifianakis to Star in A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES Movie

    Oh, the great white whale of book adaptations tries again. Maybe this time it will come to fruition, probably not. I KNOW LGK'rs have read this...what say you guys?

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    Zach Galifianakis to Star in A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES Movie

    Oh, the great white whale of book adaptations tries again. Maybe this time it will come to fruition, probably not. I KNOW LGK'rs have read this...what say you guys?
    I love that book immensely. I guess Galifianakis is a decent choice, but... I'm honestly getting a little tired of him.

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    THE WATCH Trailer Featuring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn

    Could be good but a lot of the footage I have seen so far felt kinda like improv that went on too long. Way too many juvenile c_ _k sucking riffs.

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    Why Does Oceans 11 get all the hype, while Ladykillers is left in the cold?

    I like Oceans, but i fully agree w/this article. Ladykillers(remake) is a surprisingly fun(and dark) comedy deserving of some love.

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    Universal Moves Seth MacFarlane's TED up to June 29

    Ted was previously set for July 13th, but now the film faces off against Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper pic Magic Mike, the dramedy People Like Us, and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection
    Like the move. They are amping up the advertising and it looks like they are pretty confident about it. Still, you know that Tyler perry flick will take the #1, but an R-rated comedy about Teddy Ruxpin gone wrong probably isn't gonna pull those numbers anyway. Potential battle of the sexes against Magic Mike though. Gonna really spilt up date night.

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