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Top Five
Chris Rock is on a roll with this funny yet pointed comedy, which he wrote and directed, and also stars in.
"...breaks the curse. Top Five is trenchantly funny, dramatically engaging, and thoughtfully of-the-moment. Some reviewers have called Top Five..."

Dec. 12, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Filthy and Respectable!
Legendary transgressive film director and author John Waters comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest
"...art. Besides building his cinematic reputation on putting the gag in "sight-gag" via such stunts as Pink Flamingos' notorious..."

Nov. 7, 2014 Arts Feature by Tim Stegall

The Trip to Italy
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon continues their journeys as a couple of guys attached at the funny bone.
"...both brutal and brilliant, exhausting every possibility like a gag you don’t want to end. And, of course, what..."

Aug. 29, 2014 Movie Review by Steve Davis

It Takes Two to Make Magic
Writers work alone – unless they have partners
"...to the show's actual viewership, leading to a running gag about ratings for the many canceled shows represented in..."

June 8, 2014 Screens Post by Amy Gentry

Locke
In this bravura movie, Tom Hardy plays a man who tries to mend the unraveling threads of his life while behind the wheel of a car for 85 minutes.
"...The Dark Knight Rises even with a modified ball gag obscuring most of his face. Here, locked behind a..."

May 16, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
One of the better offerings from Marvel’s growing multimedia omniverse, this film gives fans plenty to chew on.
"...addition to a boundless supply of deep-core references, spot gags, and, of course, Marvel Comics/Studios godhead Stan Lee’s ever-enjoyable..."

April 4, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

LipSchtick Traces
When Cindy Wood scores the big laughs at Esther's Follies, she's channeling comedy's funniest femmes
"...something in the way Wood does it gives the gag extra comedic oomph. It's her full-bore commitment to the..."

April 4, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

3 Days to Kill
Kevin Costner stars in this snappy but contrived mix of international espionage and paternal redemption.
"...a D+ in Tarantino 101. In the film’s running gag, dying hit man Ethan Renner (a handsomely grizzled Costner)..."

Feb. 28, 2014 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action
Short films come in nice packages.
"...another utterly believable turn from Freeman, it’s a one-note gag that works perfectly...."

Feb. 7, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Swamp Dogg Lotions Up
After midnight at the Continental Club Friday & Saturday
"...AC: The follow-up to Rat On! was called Gag a Maggot. What the hell does that mean?..."

Nov. 1, 2013 Music Post by Thomas Fawcett

Enough Said
James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus co-star in this delicate, uncommon picture of middle-aged new love.
"...over the shock (Holofcener stages it like a pratfall gag) and skips the deliberation altogether: Eva will play dumb..."

Sept. 27, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Despicable Me 2
Gru exchanges supervillainy for domesticity in this sequel, although the Minions are still the animated film's best selling point.
"...what 10-year-old isn’t tickled by the occasional bodily function gag? – and emphasizes the saccharine over the smart. And..."

July 5, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Hightower Report: Outlawing Exposés of Factory Farm Horrors
"Ag gag" bill would classify exposing factory farm abuses as terrorism
"...the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act. Yes, it's an "ag-gag" bill that criminalizes use of cameras to expose the..."

Feb. 8, 2013 News Column by Jim Hightower

Bonus Bill of the Week: My Favorite Waste of Time
Time-wasting legislation is in the eye of the beholder
"...of Texas what they want, but it's obviously a gag bill. There's an argument to be made that Guillen..."

Feb. 4, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Taken 2
The action in this Liam Neeson thriller is frenetic and frequent, and keeps him in constant MacGyver mode.
"...punctiliousness and strident perfectionism are something of a running gag throughout the film – time is always of the..."

Oct. 5, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Consider 'The Source'
Houston crisis pregnancy center, with Perry's help, hopes to become new provider in Texas Women's Health Program
"...shrink even more, thanks to the inclusion of a gag rule that would forbid doctors from any discussion of..."

Sept. 28, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Master
Philip S. Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix act out the internal (and eternal) war between the analytical and implusive that is the principal inquiry of P.T. Anderson's film.
"...of groups and takes jokes too far – a gag humping a sand-castle dame first elicits laughs, then uncomfortable..."

Sept. 21, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Killer Joe
Matthew McConaughey's Killer Joe is sociopathy incarnate; William Friedkin adds visual punch to the venality within Tracy Letts' screenplay.
"...Disturbing on file, but they know it when they gag on it. This Texan trailer park noir is as..."

Aug. 3, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Piranha 3DD
Barely a step above a second-tier Troma film, this is one catch you'd do well to throw back.
"...strictly for laughs this time; so many of the gags fall flat (or even fail to trigger the gag..."

June 1, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Men in Black 3
Josh Brolin's spooky good impersonation of the younger Tommy Lee Jones is the only fresh thing happening in this sequel.
"...also spot Factory cameos by Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, who, I'm fairly certain, are already presumed to be..."

May 25, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Three Stooges
"...Mary Mengele (!), but that's not even a Stooge-derived gag. The entire production, from its bizarre, episodic structure to..."

April 13, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Muppets
This Muppet reboot is an absolute delight and puts an end to the great Muppet diaspora.
"...familiar and emotionally front-loaded as the Gonzo cannon fodder gag, and I'm positive I'm not the only one whose..."

Nov. 25, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Paranormal Activity 3
Turns out that the third time is the charm: This one delivers the jolts with subtlety and brio.
"...appears frame left or frame right. It's a clever gag, and although it's used throughout the film, it's nail-bitingly..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Year With Frog and Toad
Arnold Lobel's amphibian friends are brought to life with verve and heart
"...earlier. (Its protracted delivery by Snail is a running gag – make that creeping gag – in the show,..."

July 29, 2011 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Trollhunter
Wayward trolls threaten human life in this delightfully bizarre Norwegian film.
"...The Blair Witch Project and Ruggero Deodato's cringe- and gag-reflex-inducing Cannibal Holocaust, although here the heightened sense of the..."

June 17, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Laughter on the 23rd Floor
A cast that knows funny lands the laughs in Neil Simon's comedy about comedy
"...the landing on a punch line or nail a gag while following their own paths to Funny. There's Huck..."

March 18, 2011 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Hall Pass
Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis star in this Farrelly brothers comedy about two guys given a free pass by their wives from the vows of matrimony.
"...emphasis on the nausea – to make a cunnilingus gag about “fake chow” catch on). Hall Pass bears all..."

March 4, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Cedar Rapids
A wonderful cast turns Cedar Rapids into a semisweet charmer that fluxes between edgy comedy and palpable pathos.
"...nymph, and straitlaced Whitlock, who gets in a near-Dada-esque gag at the expense of his old show, The Wire...."

Feb. 18, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Illusionist
From the director of The Triplets of Belleville comes this new animated feature, which is based on an unproduced script by the great French filmmaker Jacques Tati.
"...was common in Tati's own films – sublime sight gags (many briefly glimpsed in the background, making this an..."

Feb. 11, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Due Date
Road comedy hits the sweet spot with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.
"...which also offers an opportunity for the filmmaker to engage in another of his now-signature strategies: celebrity guest cameos...."

Nov. 5, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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