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DVD/Stream of the Week: DRINKING BUDDIES – an unusually genuine romantic comedy

In Drinking Buddies, Olivia Wilde plays the only female employee of an urban craft brewery. She and her co-worker best buddy (Jake Johnson) eat their lunches together every day, kid around on the job and join the crew for beers … Continue reading

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THE BIG SICK: best American movie of the year so far

The Must See romantic comedy The Big Sick is the closest thing to a perfect movie this summer.  Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh in Silicon Valley) plays a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian whose parents insist on arranging a marriage with a Muslim Pakistani … Continue reading

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PARIS CAN WAIT: female fantasy (disputed) and tantalizing food

Here’s an entertaining piece of fluff.  In Paris Can Wait, Diane Lane plays Anne, the neglected wife of movie mogul Michael (Alec Baldwin).   A show biz emergency has short-circuited their European vacation in Cannes, and the Michael’s French partner … Continue reading

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Cinequest: CARRIE PILBY

The title character in the agreeable misfit comedy Carrie Pilby (Bel Powley) is literally a genius, a girl with such high intelligence that she enrolled at Harvard at age 14. That experience proved to be better for her intellectual development … Continue reading

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DVDs/Streams of the Week: Three smart romantic comedies written by women

Just when I had branded the entire genre brain dead, several smart and engaging romantic comedies have popped up – all written by women. In Ruby Sparks,  a shy writer writes about his imagined perfect love object until…she becomes real. … Continue reading

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MAGGIE’S PLAN: Julianne Moore sparks a rom com with a twist

I only saw Maggie’s Plan because The Wife DRAGGED me to it, but I was surprisingly entertained by this amiable romantic comedy.  A typically floundering mumblecore Millennial (Greta Gerwig) finds herself in an affair with an older man (Ethan Hawke). … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: MAN UP – our dating insecurities revealed

Here’s a delightful movie that you haven’t seen – the grievously overlooked romantic comedy Man Up. The British Man Up had a very brief US theatrical run last November that did not even reach the Bay Area. I suspect that’s … Continue reading

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SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY: comic fluff from a master

The new comedy She’s Funny That Way from 75-year-old master filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich is a light-hearted diversion about the unlikely career path of an escort-turned-screen actress (Imogene Poots).  Bogdanovich is responsible for the screwball comedy masterpiece What’s Up Doc? and … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: WORDS AND PICTURES: an unusually thoughtful romantic comedy

In the unusually thoughtful romantic comedy Words and Pictures, Clive Owen and the ever-radiant Juliette Binoche star as sparring teachers. The two play world-class artists – Owen a writer and Binoche a painter – who find themselves in teaching jobs … Continue reading

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MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT: yes, there CAN be too much witty repartee

Woody Allen’s annual movie is the disappointing romantic comedy of manners Magic in the Moonlight. Set in the late 1920s, a master magician (Colin Firth) goes to the South of France to unmask a phony psychic (Emma Stone). Things do … Continue reading

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