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Reviews the big sick

The romantic comedy genre has been around since the beginning of time. Ranging from the classic films of Charlie Chaplin, to the many Nancy Meyers films, the genre has definitely grown to something new over the past few years. Whereas the early 2000’s were the age of high-budget romantic comedies that starred high…

Reviews despicable me 3

It’s usually a sign of desperation, creative bankruptcy, or likely both to introduce a long-lost, hitherto unknown sibling or relative into an ongoing series or franchise. It’s an old soap-opera gimmick, but it made the jump to the big screen more than twenty-five years ago when Star Trek: The Final Frontier, easily the worst of the…

Reviews rough night

Don’t expect anything remotely subversive with Rough Night, a mash-up of Weekend at Bernie’s, Very Bad Things, The Hangover, and Bridesmaids. Instead, expect an edge-free, surface-deep, faux-raunchfest that too often misses the mark humor and drama wise. Directed and co-written by Lucia Aniello (Time Traveling Bong, Broad City), making her…

Reviews captain underpants

Not all superheroes wear spandex. Not all superheroes wear their underwear on the outside (Superman did until recently). Some superheroes only wear underpants and nothing else. Correction: Only one superhero wears underpants without a spandex costume underneath and – appropriately enough – he goes by Captain…

Reviews baywatch

Six writers receive onscreen credits for Baywatch, the Seth Gordon-directed (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters) big-screen adaptation of the ‘90s TV-series that time forgot. Somehow those six writers, two credited for the screenplay (Damian Shannon, Mark Swift), four credited with…

Reviews snatched

Don’t expect cultural sensitivity or the equivalent thereof from Snatched, Amy Schumer’s disappointing follow-up to Trainwreck, a critical and box-office hit just two years ago. Centered on two American women kidnapped and held for ransom in Colombia, Snatched does little to counter recurring concerns about…

Reviews going in style

Call off the search party. Zach Braff has been found, alive and still making films. After what many considered a quality first-time effort, Garden State, thirteen years ago, Braff went into hibernation – acting wise he was still around, but writing and directing wise, he wasn’t – returning three years ago with…

NP Approved t2 trainspotting

It’s hard to imagine anyone outside of Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, or Robert Carlyle who wanted, let alone demanded, a sequel to the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s blackly comic, transgressive, subversive satire, Trainspotting, but here we are 21 years later with T2 Trainspotting, a near…


When DRIB first gets going, it is a fairly standard documentary. There is the talking head interview, a knowing narration, and a smattering of news clips. It fits its mold well, offering little in the way of surprises and that seems to be director…

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