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  • Film Review: There's little fun to be had watching 'Sex Tape'

    Film Review: There's little fun to be had watching 'Sex Tape'
    Judd Apatow didn't direct “Sex Tape” — it's startling to realize that he's only directed four features — nor did he produce it or (as far as can be determined) foster, doctor, or massage it. So why does it feel like a Judd Apatow film, albeit one with more raunch than he usually engages in? Maybe it's just that his network of collaborators all mine similar subjects, and “Judd Apatow” has just become a convenient way of categorizing a type of comedy currently in favor — Gen X (or maybe Gen Y) yuppie/slacker farces.
  • DVD Review: 'The Raid 2' is ultraviolent

    DVD Review: 'The Raid 2' is ultraviolent
    Gareth Evans — writer/director of the 2012 Indonesian action film “The Raid: Redemption,” a surprising art-house hit — reunites with star Iko Uwais for this sequel. The team gets points for not simply aping the first film: Evans...

    Film Review: Supertrain action flick derails in third act

    Film Review: Supertrain action flick derails in third act
    Of the three Korean directors to have achieved international fame in the past decade, two made their English language debuts last year — Kim Jee-woon with the utterly pedestrian Schwarzenegger vehicle "The Last Stand," and Park Chan-wook with the...

    Film Review: Layers of meaning line 'Venus in Fur'

    Film Review: Layers of meaning line 'Venus in Fur'
    Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives's play "Venus in Fur" — itself a sort of meta-adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 short novella (whose title is usually translated as "Venus in Furs") — is, among other things, a...

    DVD Review: Nonsense is the point in 'The Chef, the Actor, and the Scoundrel'

    DVD Review: Nonsense is the point in 'The Chef, the Actor, and the Scoundrel'
    One of the most popular genres in Chinese language cinema in the ’80s and ’90s was mo lei tau — nonsense movies. The American equivalent, more or less, would be “Airplane”; Stephen Chow — whose “Shaolin Soccer&...