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It’s easy to think of Taika Waititi as an overnight success. It’s barely three years since the one-two punch of “What We Do In The Shadows” and “Hunt For The Wilderpeople” made him one of the hottest directors around, landed him a Marvel movie that hel…

If you’re not familiar with filmmaker Jim Hosking’s first feature film, “The Greasy Strangler,” then you’re missing out on one of the most interesting, unique, and hilarious films of the last 5 years. In only one film, Hosking was able to put his indel…

Taika Waititi‘s brand of off-kilter comedy became known to the globe thanks to “Thor: Ragnarok,” but those in the know have been hip to his distinct brand of humor for years. Hopefully, Marvel fans have taken the time to track down cu…

Director Jim Hosking‘s “The Greasy Strangler” caused such a polarizing reaction a few years back at Sundance that, whether you liked it or not, chances were that you were most likely intrigued by the director that came up with such a …

Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) lives in a beautiful house, with his beautiful wife Melanie (Jenna Fischer), runs his own non-profit, and he’s about to go to Boston with his son Troy (Austin Abrams) who is interviewing at universities, with Harvard at the top of the list. For any ordinary 47 year-old, they would look at this life with little to complain about, but Brad lays awake at night asking himself, how did I get here? Continue reading ‘Brad’s Status’: Midlife Crisis Dramedy With Ben Stiller Lacks Insight [TIFF Review] at The Playlist.

To be honest, we kind of forgot “Brad’s Status” even existed. The new film from Mike White (“Enlightened,” “School of Rock,” “The Good Girl“) certainly has a great cast, but the entire endeavor feels a bit rote and familiar. Starring Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement, Jenna Fischer and Austin Abrams, the movie follows the titular Brad, who deals with a mid-life crisis as his son gears up to head to college. Continue reading ‘Brad’s Status’ Trailer: Ben Stiller Has A Breakdown at The Playlist.

Another day, another slew of casting announcements, with a few them involving some actresses who’ve stepped in and out of the world of James Bond. The “Blue Is The Warmest Color” stars are getting busy. First up, Adèle Exarchopoulos is joining Chulpan Khamatova (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and dancers Oleg Ivenko and Sergei Polunin to star in Ralph Fiennes’ next directorial effort “The White Crow.” About famous Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev, the drama charts the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. Continue reading Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos, Eva Greene & Gemma Arterton Land New Roles at The Playlist.

From a distance, “The Lego Movie” looked like it could be the worst kind of modern studio filmmaking: literally an adaptation of Danish plastic bricks, sold on name recognition and not much else, and packed with corporate synergy for other Warner Bros properties. But in the hands of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, it became a surprise joy: a playful, inventive, often hilarious, frequently surprising film that’s as good as any studio animated effort in recent years. Continue reading ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Feels Like Kind Of A Letdown [Review] at The Playlist.