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Ben Stiller’s Zoolander, released in 2001 to little fanfare, has since become a shining example of the bemusingly vast sub-genre: “smart comedies about dumb people”. Its lead character, a dim-witted male model given effortless charm by Stiller in his best work to date, may hold the IQ of an average …

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Portrait of a Serial Monogamist is trying too hard in all the wrong ways. The film pushes hard on its specific milieu, the Parkdale, Toronto lesbian community, and on cultural signifiers (its main character is Jewish, but “Jew-ish” because the film is not putting much effort into its jokes), but does not spend the time necessary to make any of it feel ..

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Nobody’s trying to stop the end of the world in Deadpool. The third act doesn’t require its protagonists to fight off hoards of aliens or robots. The main character constantly points out that he isn’t a hero, and by the end of the movie he still isn’t any closer to being one. There’s the obligatory Stan Lee cameo, but it is unlike any cameo he’s ever done. Deadpool is unlike any other comic book movie ever put to the silver screen, and the film is better off because of it.

Reviews Tokyo-Ga

Tokyo-Ga (1985), Wim Wenders’ documentary of his trip to Japan in search of the world as seen in the films of famed director Yasujirô Ozu, was described by Vincent Canby on its American premiere as a “small but important film.” Thirty years on, with greater access to Ozu’s films and the expansion of Wenders’ own…

NP Approved Hail Caesar

The Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan, have often been accused of mocking the characters and the topics they make comedies about, and it’s easy to make that leap if you don’t understand that poking fun at someone or something is often a form of affection. In every film they make, their love and appreciation for their characters and their…

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Sometimes, it’s hard to tell whether some movies are impossibly complicated or endearingly simple. Such is life in Paris, Texas, Wim Wenders’s 1984 ode to the American southwest. Fragmented into half-hour segments which each stand with their own tone and main cast, this classic from the German filmmaker crafts a visual journey so lush with …

NP Approved Hail Caesar

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears (or really, your eyes and only for a few moments). We come here not to praise William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (it’s received no shortage of acclaim over the last five or six centuries), but to praise the Coen Brothers’ latest film, Hail, Caesar!, an utterly delightful, unapologetically…

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