Posts Tagged ‘comedy’
Ricki and the Flash - featured

ReelBob: ‘Ricki and the Flash’

As a demonstration of Meryl Streep’s actorly power and intensity, you may not applaud for Ricki but you easily cheer for Streep.
In the new movie "Pixels," Adam Sandler plays a former video game champ who battles video game characters.


On one hand a predictably bad Adam Sandler movie, but there is fun to be had with "Pixels."

Tony Hale and Adam Pally star in "Night Owls," an Indy Film Fest selection.

Night Owls

A serio-comic look at the lives of two 20-somethings, "Night Owls" makes two young people confront and question their lives and choices.
Vacation - inside

ReelBob: ‘Vacation’

An infantile, crass and unpolished remake. Sure, it will make you laugh, but so will a monkey throwing its feces in someone’s face.

From left, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons and Shameik Moore star in "Dope," a 2015 coming-of-age comedy released by Open Road Films and directed by Rick Famuyiwa.


"Dope" is a crazy, funny and smart film, with a terrific bunch of young actors, that helps us look at the familiar in new ways, and laugh while doing it.
Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon star in "Hot Pursuit," a 2015 buddy action-comedy directed by Anne Fletcher and distributed by Warner Brothers.

Hot Pursuit

Texas is a big state. By the time the credits roll on "Hot Pursuit," you'll feel like you've crossed it by car and taken the scenic route.

Al Franken stars as cable access TV-show host (and "Saturday Night Live" character) Stuart Smalley in 1995's "Stuart Saves His Family," directed by Harold Ramis.

Class of 1995: “Stuart Saves His Family”

Upending expectations of the "Saturday Night Live" subgenre, "Stuart Saves His Family" is good enough and smart enough to paint a seriocomic portrait of misery.
Horrible Bosses 2 - inside

Horrible Bosses 2

The incompetent trio of murderers is back with an even bigger plan, and even fewer brains than before.

Clark Duke, Adam Scott and Craig Robinson star in "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," a 2015 Paramount Pictures release directed by Steve Pink.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

The Platonic ideal of a sorta-welcome comedy sequel we didn't need, "HTTM 2" proves some bottles aren't built to hold much more than a single bolt of lightning.
Alexander Inside

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is a cookie-cutter family comedy with multiple laughs but zero heart.

"Dear White People" (2014) starring Tessa Thompson.

Dear White People

"Dear White People" is a whip-smart comedy about racial politics that, like real life, is never as simple as black versus white.
Joaquin Phoenix stars as Doc Sportello and Josh Brolin stars as Detective Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen in "Inherent Vice," a 2014 Warner Brothers release adapted from Thomas Pynchon's novel and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Inherent Vice

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's witty, wise and ambitious film falls just shy of stoned immaculate, but comes awfully, and entertainingly, close.

Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams star as Walter and Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's "Big Eyes," distributed by The Weinstein Company.

Big Eyes

Disabuse yourself of the "automatic awards contender" notion, and simply enjoy this peppy, punchy, poignant and powerfully acted surprise from Tim Burton.
Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis is Annie in 2014's "Annie," a Sony Pictures release.

Annie (2014)

"Never slow your roll," Annie is told in this modern-day update. Here's hoping Quvenzhané Wallis heeds the advice, too. She's all that treats instead of tricks.