May. 19, 2017
Ansari sticks landing with ‘Masters of None’ Season Two
The rise of streaming services have provided a wealth of new shows that bring new viewpoints and ideas to the table. Netflix has been a blessing, providing shows as varied as depressed horse comedy “Bojack Horseman” to the women’s prison show “Orange Is The New Black.” But the most subtly ambitious of these was revealed to be Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” its second season finally dropping May 12 after its 2015 premier.
May. 12, 2017
Schumer comedy ‘Snatched’ is funny, albeit forgettable
Amy Schumer takes to the big screen again in the new movie “Snatched” directed by Jonathan Levine. Dropping the rom-com aspects of her last film “Trainwreck,” she takes on a mother-daughter action comedy. Her mother is played by Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn — this is her first film in 15 years.
Apr. 21, 2017
Director Ben Wheatly hits his mark with new dark comedy film ‘Free Fire’
It’s 1978. The Irish Revolution is in full swing and IRA soldiers Chris and Frank (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley) are looking for weapons. They find a dealer in Boston through his sister (Armie Hammer and Brie Larson), who leads them both to a jittery South African named Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and his partner Martin (Babou Ceesay).
Apr. 14, 2017
‘Review’ season 3 delves deeper into Forrest’s psyche
How does one begin to describe “Review”? The premise is rather simple: the show follows Forrest MacNeil, the bookish, rather ordinary man played to perfection by Andy Daly, who hosts a show called “Review. You may know him from his numerous side gigs in television and film or from his numerous podcast appearances on shows like “Comedy Bang! Bang!” or “Superego.”
Mar. 17, 2017
‘CHiPs’ shows promise for TV-show-turned-movie genre
Some may say that Hollywood is running out of ideas. In fact, many do say it’s operating on a nearly empty tank of original imagination with the seemingly endless stream of sequels, prequels and reboots that studios crank out every year with the streamlined efficiency of an early Ford assembly line.
Feb. 3, 2017
TV icon, beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore dies at 80
Mary Tyler Moore, the television pioneer whose self-titled sitcom reinvented the role of women in comedy, died Jan. 25 in a Greenwich, Connecticut, hospital after suffering cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pneumonia. She was 80 years old.
Nov. 18, 2016
‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is refreshing, fun comedy
Nadine Byrd is not having the best time. Her life is already terrible enough just being a teenage girl in her junior year of high school, and her dad dying when she was in middle school hasn’t made things better.
Sep. 30, 2016
Amy Schumer exceeds expectations with stand up routine
Most of us know Amy Schumer from her debut movie “Trainwreck,” a huge success in the box office. If you pay attention to comedy at all, you would also know that she has come a long way since then as an actress and comedian, hosting her own shows on Comedy Central. When one of my friends saw a GroupOn offer for discounted tickets to her show at the Wells Fargo Center, we snapped them up within the minute. I wasn’t sure what kind of shenanigans Schumer was going to pull during this show. All I knew was that I would probably be cracking up the whole time.
May. 20, 2016
Crowe and Gosling team up for 1970s throwback film ‘The Nice Guys’
The city of Los Angeles and film noir go together like peanut butter and jelly, Sonny and Cher, or Bogart and jewel-encrusted falcons from Malta. It’s a place of sunshine and celebrities with a darkness lurking just beneath the slick sheen of glamour: a veritable den of iniquity filled with corruption, sex and murder. Russell Crowe (“L.A. Confidential”), Ryan Gosling (“Gangster Squad”) and Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”) are no strangers to the genre and it’s for this reason that their collaboration on the 1970s-set murder mystery “The Nice Guys” (out today) works so well.
May. 13, 2016
Denning wows with new twist on Sherlock Holmes
What’s always been missing from the world of Sherlock Holmes? That’s right, laugh-out-loud slapstick comedy. You’ll wonder how the world’s greatest consulting detective and master of logical deduction ever existed without it when you read G.S. Denning’s new genre-bending book, “Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone.”