Trainwreck - Amy Schumer and Bill Hader review 

TRAINWRECK – A Surprisingly Smooth Ride

Trainwreck is like Knocked Up… but if you replaced Seth Rogen as the Reigning Loser of an Everyman Protagonist, with Amy Schumer as the Rising Queen of Losers. Both movies, like their stars, are hilariously and depressingly earnest. They remind us about what we love and hate about ourselves, what it’s like to be young, dumb, and selfish, and how hard it can be to grow up. And they’re both funny as hell.

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Ant-Man running with ants review 

ANT-MAN – A Little Adventure With Big Heart

Fear not, Marvel aficionados. Ant-Man is just as fun, and awesome, and weird, as you have hoped! Is it as perfect a blend of high-adventure and comedy as Edgar Wright would have done? … No. Not quite. But Peyton Reed does an admirable job with the material, working with a hero who’s both hilarious, and hilariously awesome. The movie starts out a tad uneven, with some flat jokes and awkward interactions, but finds its footing by the second act, and soars once the action picks up.

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Channing+Tatum+as+Magic+Mike+dancing+in+his+workshop review 

MAGIC MIKE XXL – Dancing into Our Hearts (and Pants) Yet Again

Girls, you owe it to yourself to go see Magic Mike XXL. It’s a movie about a world where the needs and desires of women is a high priority on the minds of men. Men, you owe it to women to go see Magic Mike XXL. It will teach you more about what women want than the Mel Gibson movie ever did. It will show you a world where men treat women, not just as sexual equals, but as capable humans with hopes, fears, and dreams. It will show you a world where these same men treat each other that way.

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Riley's+emotions+viewing+a+memory review 

INSIDE OUT – Pixar Delves Deeper

INSIDE OUT is one of Pixar’s finest films, and there is little higher praise I could give a film than that. Though I still prefer UP for its deep symbolism and mature message, and the Toy Stories have a more iconic cast, I believe that the argument could be made that INSIDE OUT is Pixar’s most meaningful and skillfully crafted film yet. It approaches a premise and message as convoluted and complex as the human mind, and somehow, effortlessly streamlines it into a narrative so simple and human that any…

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Melissa+McCarthy+and+Miranda+Hart+get+excited+in+Spy review 

SPY – Proficiency is More Than Skin Deep

I’m pretty sure there is a 1:1 correlation between the people who love Melissa McCarthy and people who will really enjoy SPY. It’s pretty much a vehicle designed to cram all the Melissa McCarthy they can into a film, in all her different iterations. Do you like seeing her insecure and timid side? She’ll warm you up with that. Do you like seeing her viciously tear into some fools with a string of expletives that would reduce Kanye West to tears? Yup. She does that too. She’ll even go a…

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Avengers Age of Ultron hero shot review 

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – “I’m Calling Veronica”

Do you like roller coasters? Do you like Marvel movies? If you answered “yes” to both of these, AGE OF ULTRON is going to be a hella good time for you! Go see it. Now. You’ll probably want to ride it again as soon as you’re through. If your answer was “no” to either of those, or you’re concerned with the film’s currently measly 75% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, let me address the concerns. Roller Coasters: This film has 6 protagonists when it starts, and the number only grows from…

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Guardians of the Galaxy group review 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – A Weird, Wild, Trip Into the Stars

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is one of the most entertaining movies I’ve ever seen. In fact, I think THE AVENGERS is maybe the only movie in recent memory that rivals it for sheer “fun factor.” There are certainly higher quality, more intelligently plotted, and better paced adventure movies out there. (Heck, WINTER SOLDIER was pretty silly and it was still a “smarter” film.) But nothing this summer will beat the bang for your popcorn-chomping movie buck than GUARDIANS. Silly plot and pulp stylings may be a “low” goal, but the…

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Tina Fey and Kermit in Muppets Most Wanted review 

MUPPETS MOST WANTED – After Their Triumphant Return, Our Favorite Felt Friends Run a Victory Lap

[Pictured: Kermit directs the Gulag’s annual Please-Don’t-Riot Talent Show] If you’re a muppet fan (or even just a muppety man) and you haven’t seen MUPPETS MOST WANTED, you should go, post haste to the theater to support it. While I blame Disney for not releasing this in a more nostalgic season (like its successful predecessor), the movie isn’t doing so well in the box office, and it’s a shame, because it’s one of the best muppet movies so far! The story is devised in a way that each muppet gets…

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Batman in the Lego Movie review 

THE LEGO MOVIE – A Hilarious, Life Affirming Advertisement

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME about THE LEGO MOVIE! No. Seriously. It works on multiple levels, and shockingly could even be compared favorably to a Pixar movie, though its goals are clearly a bit different. One of these is obviously product placement, which the movie does better than any commercial I’ve ever seen. It uses a toy to examine the human conditionĀ and asks us to be more free thinking, more creative, more cooperative, more humble, and yes… more well-balanced versions of ourselves by considering what the toy offers us. The concept is…

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