March 6, 2014 |
**1/2 (out of four) Finally! Unlike this week's "The Bag Man" and recent, ridiculous parts like Richard Nixon in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," John Cusack finally takes a role that suits him with "Adult World. " He's Rat Billings, a once-revered, now nearly forgotten poet; a quietly wounded intellectual, moderately irritated but mildly, secretly welcoming change to his routine. That loud baby bird squawking around her cage is Amy (Emma Roberts), who majored in poetry at Syracuse and wants Rat, her all-time favorite writer, as a mentor.
March 6, 2014 |
** (out of four) Considering how frequently this 3-D animated comedy resorts to a subject its young viewers assuredly find hilarious, I'm surprised the filmmakers didn't kick caution in the you-know-what and call the movie, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Butts. " Seriously, this movie has a lot of jokes about butts. Butts! Never gets old. Actually, these gags -- including characters emerging from the back of both the Sphinx and the Trojan Horse -- improve on the pun assault from Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell of "Modern Family")
February 21, 2014 |
In case you didn't get enough jokes and total outrageousness from "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," get this: The film has been re-cut. It's now rated R and features 763 new jokes, since I know you really cared to know exactly how many jokes were new. You wouldn't see it if there were only 762 new ones, right? Anyway, I thought the sequel was hilarious, though it seems many were disappointed by it. Watch Matt on “You & Me This Morning,” Friday at 6:55 a.m. on WCIU, the U email@example.com ...
February 16, 2014 |
As a veteran of the Midwest, I say this with a long history of vitriolic loathing for snow, ice, sleet, cold and that disgusting feces-colored slush that soaks everything while we wait for spring: This has been the worst winter of my lifetime. I've spent considerable time this winter in Ohio, Chicago and Iowa, crossing the barren fields of Indiana, and stuck in post-apocalyptic traffic jams in the outer wastelands of Illinois. You've done it, winter. You broke me. You win. You are Jack Bauer and I'm a terrorist who knows the code to disarm the nuke.
November 4, 2013 |
Chicago area native Melissa McCarthy wasn't expecting such a fuss when she decided to wear a jacket on the cover of Elle magazine in October, she tells Ellen DeGeneres. Elle named the hot actress to its 2013 list of the top "Women in Hollywood. " But some pundits cried foul about the cover shot, saying that McCarthy wearing the coat was an example of fat-shaming. "I thought, 'What is happening?" Because I picked the jacket. I was like, 'I love that coat,'" she says on Monday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres...
October 24, 2013 |
* (out of four) The funniest thing about “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” is that its old-man makeup job surpasses similar work in “legitimate” movies like “Cloud Atlas” and “J. Edgar.” In “Grandpa,” Johnny Knoxville looks passably like an 86-year-old man. How about that. Otherwise, this moron-a-thon succeeds in being dumber than the occasionally inspired, frequently disgusting “Jackass” movies, which at their best allow viewers to test the abilities of the human body without actually risking their own....