| Dec 19, 2012
**** (out of four)
“Forty can suck my [bleep]” -- Debbie (Leslie Mann) in “This is 40.”
Writer-director Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Funny People”) may always be a softie, but his latest film...
| Sep 27, 2012
*** (out of four)
In Stephen Chbosky's beloved novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” we are all Charlie. The book unfolds completely through the shy teenager's letters to an unidentified pen pal who unwittingly offers an ear and a shoulder...
| Dec 17, 2012
Ridiculously, unjustly, few Oscar prognosticators include “This is 40” star Leslie Mann or her husband, writer-director Judd Apatow, on lists of likely nominees. Thing is, Apatow’s a member of the Academy—will he vote for himself?...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:41 PM
LOS ANGELES — On a late February morning in the editing suite of Judd Apatow's multi-level West Los Angeles headquarters, the writer-director and editor Brent White were playing back scenes from Apatow's new comedy, “This Is 40.”...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 9:55 PM
Morris S. Levy's Mega Films has landed a heavyweight to pen the first authorized Rocky Marciano biopic. Mark Wheaton has signed on to script "Undefeated: The Rocky Marciano Story," a bigscreen indie drama that follows the legendary boxer from childhood...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 5:37 AM
I was in New York City last week.
On Tuesday, Election Day, CNN had big screens in Times Square, and I joined the folks watching the returns. We cheered a lot, especially when CNN turned cameras on us.
On Wednesday, a nor'easter struck NYC. I can't...
| May 17, 2012
*1/2 (out of four)
Morgan Spurlock evidently forgot that he was making a documentary, not a celeb hangout session.
Sure, it’s fun seeing executive producers Will Arnett and Jason Bateman discuss modern manhood while getting pedicures and massages....
| Aug 31, 2012
One of the first things you notice during the opening credits of "Sleepwalk with Me" is a producing acknowledgment that reads simply: "In association with WBEZ Chicago's This American Life."
Chicago's largest public radio station is in the movie...
| Feb 23, 2012
*** (out of four)
Foolproof movie idea: Paul Rudd stands in front of a mirror and improvises for 90 minutes. Admit it. You would see that movie. You would buy the DVD. You would watch it when you were feeling lousy, and it would cheer you up.
| Jun 25, 2012
Even in small roles, Elizabeth Banks often has a major impact on her movies. Consider her memorable, unbridled scene in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” in which she teaches Steve Carell’s character about the, uh, talents of a handheld...
| Mar 28, 2013
Sometimes the predictable revolving door of lousy pop culture deserves the eye rolls it generates. Unless you totally loved the latest “Die Hard” sequel?
In many ways, though, the first three months of 2013’s entertainment offerings...