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One of today’s foremost purveyors of “mumblecore” cinema – a derisive pigeonholing label for low budget indies which often involve the Duplass Brothers and sonorous dialogue – Joe Swanberg has managed to carve out a special niche for himself with his l…

The beloved sketch comedy group Good Neighbor was originally formed in 2007 by Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Nick Rutherford, and Dave McCary. The comedians racked up millions of YouTube hits with their offbeat and uncomfortable sketch videos, including such notable standouts as “My Mom’s a MILF”, “Is My Roommate Gay?”, “420 Disaster,” and “Unbelievable Dinner,” based on Steven Spielberg’s Hook. In 2013, Mooney and Bennett joined Saturday Night Live as featured players along with McCary, who stayed behind the camera as a segment director. Now Mooney and McCary are transitioning to the big screen with the indie comedy Brigsby Bear, a feature-length narrative about friendship, family, and nostalgia that deftly blends humor and heart to create something that is both odd and oddly affectionate. Directed by McCary and co-written by Mooney and their childhood friend Kevin Costello, Brigsby Bear stars Mooney as James, a sensitive young adult living in an underground bunker with his over-protective parents, Ted and April Mitchum (Mark …

Earning considerable buzz out of Sundance and Cannes, perhaps the most distinctive thing about “Brigsby Bear” is that it’s a hard movie to sum up. However, you can thank Andy Samberg and his The Lonely Island buddies for seeing the potential in the script by the film’s star Kyle Mooney, and helping to get it made. READ MORE: Andy Samberg Races Into Comedy In New Trailer For ‘Tour De Pharmacy’ “I love that movie. Continue reading New Trailer For ‘Brigsby Bear’ Starring Kyle Mooney & Mark Hamill Grows Up at The Playlist.

This is the time of year when those films that made the festival circuit earlier are now being released for the general public to view. One such film is “Person to Person,” which made its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was immediately picked up by Magnolia Pictures for distribution. Now, the film is set to be released later this summer, and we have our first trailer ready for public eyes. Continue reading First Trailer For ‘Person To Person’ Starring Michael Cera & Abbi Jacobson at The Playlist.

Okay let’s see: We’ve got underground suburban casinos, bathroom nail salons, closet massages, bedroom strip clubs, 11-year-old DJs, living room girl-on-girl MMA fight clubs, Will Ferrell in Italian women’s sunglasses, Amy Poehler in a cocktail dress wielding a flamethrower, and all-around bad math. READ MORE: 2017 Summer Movie Preview: Blockbusters And Beyond You’ll find that and much more in “The House,” the new film from writer and director Andrew Jay Cohen (“Neighbors”), which follows middle-aged parents using somewhat unconventional methods to cover the cost of their daughter’s college tuition. Continue reading Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler Gamble Big In New NSFW Trailer For ‘The House’ at The Playlist.

“Intentionally phony” is one of the hardest tones for a movie to pull off. Wes Anderson can do it, and Jim Jarmusch, Joel and Ethan Coen, and a handful of other filmmakers. Their characters and dialogue are rarely “realistic,” but they fit into a larger vision, and ultimately express something true, no matter how fake they may seem on the surface. Done well, overt artifice can be sublime. Continue reading Michael Cera & Abbi Jacobson Can’t Save The Underbaked ‘Person To Person’ [Sundance Review] at The Playlist.