This Is the End Provides rapturous laughs
There are many good laughs to be had in This Is the End—perhaps the first apocalypse movie centering around a Hollywood brat pack—but the best moment comes when pop star Rihanna slaps the ever-loving shit out of Arrested Development's Michael Cera. It is a slap for the ages, and so very, very gratifying.
Not your popcorn's average film
Minnie Driver has hovered at the edges of fame, never quite an A-lister and only rarely earning the dubious distinction of a movie star with enough power to grace the tabloid covers. She did win a few awards for a British TV series ("The Deep") recently, but really, why even talk about recent projects?
With Monsters University,
Pixar goes to college
"Where's the girl?" I'd taken my 5-year-old with me to see Monsters University—this year's winsome prequel to Pixar's 2001 Monsters, Inc.—and though he claimed he "liked all of it," clearly he did not, in fact, like "all of it."
What to watch this summer
Wet, Hot American Summer (2001) With tube socks pulled all the way up, this spoof should be on the top 10 funniest movies ever.
Superman saves world, enjoys eating at IHOP
"Superheroes are the copyrighted property of big corporations," comics writer Alan Moore recently told the Believer. "They are purely commercial entities; they are purely about making a buck.
Escape Fire proscribes more than two aspirin
The best story in Escape Fire—a documentary skewering the health industry that the recently departed Roger Ebert called "extraordinary" and gave his trademark thumbs up—is about a young soldier who has returned injured—both mentally and physically—from the war. Self-identified as a "hillbilly," the young man explains that he would have scoffed at what he calls Eastern medicine before he experimented with yoga and other such stuff.
After Earth: Parents Are the Same, No Matter Time or Place
M. Night Shyamalan: a dude who went from being crowned "The Next Spielberg" on the cover of Newsweek (circa Signs) to a guy who had his name laughed off the screen (circa The Last Airbender).
Cowboys can be funny
At the height of his career, Billy Crystal starred in City Slickers (1990), a fish-out-of-water story about three New Yorkers who land on a Southwestern cattle drive by way of a midlife crisis. The smashhit came for Crystal on the heels of When Harry Met Sally (1989), and he had just hosted the first of seven consecutive Academy Awards.
We demand more bicycling movies
There is a scene in Breaking Away (1979) that is perhaps the greatest cinematic moment of innocence lost. David Stoller is an Indiana boy, but has convinced himself he is Italian, singing arias, calling his working class parents "papa" and "mama mia," and, most importantly, touring around the countryside on his 10-speed, biking cap turned backward.
Matthew McConaughey = My New Boyfriend
The Power and the Glory of Fast & Furious 6
There are going to be jokes about Fast & Furious 6 that go like this: "But if I didn't see Fast Five, will I be able to follow the plot?" Haha, good one!