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Interview: Chris Gethard poolside

Chris Gethard calls The Chris Gethard Show (airing weekly on Manhattan public access) "a gang of weirdoes that hang out, take phone calls on way-too-personal topics, and execute crowd-sourced schemes . . . just because life should be more fun."
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  January 18, 2013

Portlandia TV

May you and Portlandia be very happy together!

O! Lucky you!
Thanks to Portlandia I now know way too much about you guys and your grody inner lives. It's not the show itself — it doesn't have that power. It's your horrifying enthusiasm for the show that has granted me this mirror.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  February 15, 2012


The hipster Harry Potter

Colin Meloy’s fake children’s book isn’t for children at all
The inside flap of Wildwood — the new young-adult fantasy novel by Decemberist Colin Meloy — claims that the book is for ages nine and up.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 21, 2011


Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Disinterestedly coughed up
“I wonder how this can possibly end?” Wait, sorry, I meant, “When will this possibly end?”
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  February 06, 2008


How She Move

Not original "original" screenplay
The dance sequences suffer for the lack of gloss, but it’s a fair trade because tiny bursts of drama erupt whenever the plot looks the other way.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  January 23, 2008


Pregnant pause

Juno is in the family way
Jason Reitman’s film makes the most of a few great ideas.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  December 12, 2007


This Christmas

Hallmark cribbing
Christmas movies have always meant boring white people going home to settle lifelong resentments and eat ham.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  November 20, 2007


Wristcutters: A Love Story

Better than fairy-tale straightjackets
Depression it is.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  January 28, 2010


O Jerusalem

Buddy story meets History Channel remake
In its attempt to cover the 1948 war that kicked off modern Israel, Elie Chouraqui’s O Jerusalem forges a regrettable two-state solution.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  October 24, 2007


Reservation Road

The Honda Accord of movies
Director Terry George redefines the word “thriller” by indulging in endless scenes of Ethan looking at Web sites.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  October 17, 2007


Dragon Wars: D-War

Monumental clunk
I’ll take weird, surprising crap over slick any day.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 19, 2007


The Brother Solomon

Adding to Odenkirk's cinematic slump
We’re past the point of blaming the system.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 12, 2007


Wise asses

Some words with the class clowns of Superbad
With all the star power being trotted out in this summer’s would-be blockbuster comedies, how likely was it that the best would be Superbad ?
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 19, 2007


Comic relief

Superbad  respects teens and comedy
I know it hasn’t escaped you how terrible comedies have gotten.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 05, 2007


Recycled Waters

Third time around, Hairspray still flows fresh
John Waters’s Hairspray , which marked his descent into an undistinguished gentility, is not even 20 years old.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  July 18, 2007


License to wed

Sniveling toady of a film
From its anonymous title down to every last moment of its pleading humor and shoehorned uplift, License To Wed is soaked in sloth and cowardice.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  July 03, 2007


Day Watch

Anything but predictable
Like its predecessor, Timur Bekmambetov’s Day Watch is a muddled fantasy epic.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  June 06, 2007
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