The Descendants: George Clooney’s Career-Best

George Clooney manages to turn in a career-best performance as a father of two daughters in the Hawaiian-set The Descendants. Alexander Payne adapts Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel for the screen in true cinematic fashion.  Because of the whole cheating aspect, this probably isn’t a film that could have been released during the Production Code era.  Regardless, it’s one of my favorite films from 2011.  In a perfect world, George Clooney would have won an Oscar…

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International Falls: Stand-Up Meets Small-Town

Two lives that are going in completely different directions intersect when one comedian checks into a hotel in International Falls. Dee (Rachael Harris) works as the front desk clerk at a hotel.  She’d rather be anywhere else but International Falls, Minn.  To be more specific, she’d rather be performing stand-up comedy.  It’s no surprise that Dee likes to talk to all the touring comedians that make their way through the hotel.  In this particular instance,…

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Izzy Gets the F Across Town is messy

Izzy Gets the F Across Town may mean well but the small indie comedy tends to be a bit of a mess. Mackenzie Davis does her best to carry the film in the titular role of Izzy but it’s not enough to keep the film going.  Given where she is at the start of the film, it’s as if the film is the indie version of the classic comedy, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.  We go from…

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The House is Surprisingly Okay

While it’s no secret that 2017 was a down year for studio comedies, The House was a surprisingly okay film.  This isn’t to say that it’s the best comedy of the year because it’s not but it’s not one of the downright awful films that came in the form of studio comedies this year. The comedy comes from the screenwriting team that wrote both Neighbors, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding…

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Fun Mom Dinner: A Fun Adventure

Fun Mom Dinner seems like it might be another version of Bad Moms but it is nowhere near as raunchy. Directed by Alethea Jones from a screenplay by Julie Rudd, Fun Mom Dinner stars Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, Rob Huebel, Adam Levine, and Paul Rust, with a cameo appearance by Paul Rudd. Given the screenplay was written by Paul Rudd’s wife, Julie, a cameo appearance seemed to be a…

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