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    NEIGHBORS Trailer. NEIGHBORS Stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne | Collider

    Universal Pictures has released the first red-band trailer for director Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) new comedy Neighbors. Previously titled Townies, the film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple who move in next door to a fraternity house. The thirty-somethings soon find themselves the victims of pranks (and other unsightly activities) after an attempt to welcome the Delta Psi Beta chapter goes awkwardly awry. There are plenty of great snippets of what are sure to be funny moments throughout the picture as Neighbors takes a look at the hard-partying Greek life of films like Old School, Animal House and PCU from the viewpoint of the squares on the outside. And while Christopher Mintz-Plasse doesn’t get any dialogue, he sure does get a moment.

    Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer. The film also stars Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantozoukas, and Lisa Kudrow. Neighbors opens in theaters on May 9, 2014.

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    THAT’S MY BOY Director Sean Anders to Helm HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 | Collider

    In all fairness, the guy directed Sex Drive too...which wasn't a bad movie.

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    'The Art of the Steal' Movie Trailer

    Looks a little 'easy' but Russell/Dillon/Baruchel/Stamp is a nice little cast.

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    TIFF Review: Jason Bateman's Directorial Debut 'Bad Words' | The Playlist

    For his first time behind the camera, Bateman keeps his ambitions low—the movie is mostly set among two different locations, a hotel and spelling bee venue—and shows that he could put together 90 minutes of a story tightly and cohesively. It's just too bad it had to be this material. For an R-rated movie, "Bad Words" takes its edginess for granted, which dooms the movie to being perceived as not trying hard enough. But the movie does try, try and try, and the worst "bad words" we can say about it is that it simply doesn't work. [D]

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    TIFF Review: 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner's 'You Are Here' Starring Zach Galifianakis & Owen Wilson | The Playlist

    What is most difficult to comprehend here is what drove Weiner to devote so much time and energy to so lackluster a story. There is nothing wrong with a change of pace, or with using success in one medium to take on something very different in another. But why this story, at this time? Why saddle talented actors like Wilson, Galifianakis and Poehler with hackneyed roles and subpar material? And how can we avoid comparing the film with “Mad Men”? Too many questions, yes, but the truth is, “You Are Here” is a film so bad that these questions are the only thing worth discussing. [D]

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    Was it comedy night at TIFF or some ****?

    TIFF Review: Richard Ayoade's Daring 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska | The Playlist

    Granted there are some minor flaws here and there—one particular late cameo is jarring and tonally out of sync with the rest of the movie—but we can't remember the last film that strode on the screen so boldly with a promise to present something totally different, and delivering so completely. Whether or not Ayoade felt his own creative personality slipping away by the phantom presence of Anderson when "Submarine" came out, perhaps we'll never know, but "The Double" makes no doubt that he's got his own voice and vision. Totally bonkers, hilarious and wickedly clever, "The Double" is special and singular filmmaking at its best. [A-]

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    Jim Carrey posts 'Dumb and Dumber' sequel photo

    Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are reprising their famous duo in Dumb and Dumber To, the sequel to the 1994 original film. On Twitter, Carrey shared a picture of his mouth in character, complete with the signature chipped-tooth smile. He captioned it, "GESS HUUZ BAK BICHEZ?"

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    as long as it doesn't have violence..

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    DOM HEMINGWAY Review. DOM HEMINGWAY Stars Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, and Emilia Clarke | Collider

    Jude Law is absolutely on fire as Hemingway. Law has had plenty of great performances in his career, but this one is easily my favorite. Law approaches Dom with all of the seriousness of a Shakespeare character. The actor’s commitment to his character makes Hemingway’s unrelenting vanity and spite truly mind-blowing. Sheperd’s vulgar language rolls off Law’s tongue like beautiful poetry. The Oscar-nominated actor also handles the emotional side of the character, but the comedy is where Dom is untouchable. I would also be remiss if I didn’t give credit to Grant, whose dry wit provides a nice compliment to the lunatic protagonist.

    I make it a point to avoid spoiling specific jokes in comedies, and that means I have to paint the humor in broad strokes rather than provide examples. So much of Dom Hemingway’s power comes from not knowing what Sheperd and Law are going to dish out next. I believe the movie will have a long shelf life as a highly-quotable feature, but until that time comes, you’ll just have to trust me that Dom Hemingway is exquisite.

    Rating: A-

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    TIFF 2013: BAD WORDS Review

    The over-the-top insults and absurdity of the situation are parts of why the mean-spirited comedy works; the other essential part is Bateman. His attacks are so powerful not only because of the words, but because he says them so dismissively. His victims aren’t even worth the effort to get angry. But Bateman is so clean-cut and his delivery so gentle and soothing that every insult hits like a sucker punch. Or to use another violent analogy, Guy is hilarious because he takes down his opponents in one cut rather than slowly, sadistically turning the knife. He doesn’t relish insulting other people. He’s just brilliant at it.

    However, the movie is incredibly conscious of not taking its comedy so far as to alienate the audience. Bateman peppers the score with mischievous music, shoots in a dry, detached style (although there are some awkward lens flares) except when Guy is partying with Chaitanya. Chaitanya also has to be Guy’s polar opposite to provide some semblance of sweetness to the movie. His golly-gee manner makes him like a punching bag clown that Guy hits and then springs right back up again still smiling. Chaitanya’s relationship with Guy is the constant reminder that Guy may be an incredible ass-hole, but not a complete monster.

    Some will find Guy Trilby completely irredeemable even when his true motive is revealed, and some of his insults, especially the ones directed at Chaitanya, may make some audience members cringe. Most viewers should be aware of their tolerance limit for mean-spirited comedy, and if you don’t know your limit, Bad Words will certainly test it. For my part, comedy either works or it doesn’t, and it works when the people who make the jokes know what they’re doing. Bateman’s directing isn’t audacious, but he’s the perfect choice for this kind of role, and the main reason why Bad Words can give a big, smiling middle finger to dejected children.

    Rating: B
    This is what I have been wanting to see for a while...Bateman playing AGAINST type. I look forward to this.



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