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Movie Review: ‘Robot and Frank’

It seems like almost every septuagenarian actor is required to do at least one “grumpy old man” movie role in which its pretty typical for such a character to go from a cranky and surly old coot to a smiling, kindly grandfather with a young heart by the end of the film. Thankfully, in Robot and Frank director Jake Schreier and writer Christopher D. Ford, with a great performance by Frank Langella, find a way around that cliche by sticking the grumpy old man with… a robot pal.

Movie Review: ‘Rock of Ages’

Shankman has successfully turned a hit musical comedy that was lively and fun into a slow moving slog but…. with Tom Cruise putting in a fantastic performance, you just might like it.

Movie Review: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

With a cast that includes Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward and frequent Anderson players Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, Moonrise Kingdom is everything Wes Anderson lovers expect; the visual style, quirkiness, originality and humor.

Review: ‘Hysteria’

Starring Hugh Dancy (currently appearing in the wonderful Venus in Fur on Broadway) and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hysteria is based on the true story of Mortimer Granville and how he came to invent the world’s first electric vibrator.

Review: ‘Men in Black 3’

The good news is that the sequel we’ve all been waiting for (we have, right?), Men in Black 3, doesn’t suck.

Review: ‘Cock’ at The Duke on 42nd Street (NYC)

A play with the provocative title Cock is going to raise eyebrows (especially with the marquee outside the Duke on 42nd Street says it). The provided plot description makes it even more appealing: “When John and his boyfriend take a break, the last thing he expects is to suddenly meet the woman of his dreams. Now he has a big choice to make.”

SXSW Review: ’21 Jump Street’

I’m happy to say that the new version of Jump Street doesn’t suck, in fact, it’s hilarious and that’s thanks to – go figure – Channing Tatum.

Review: ‘Three Sisters’ at the Sargent Theater (NYC)

While the titular sisters of Anton Chekhov’s play Three Sisters aren’t particularly humorous, the cast of the current production by The Seeing Place at the Sargent Theater does a remarkable job of playing up the humor in even the play’s most tragic elements.

Review: ‘Chronicle’ This!

This film is right up my alley. Since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of something like this happening to me so I was totally looking forward to this. But, sadly that didn’t happen.