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Topic: dramedy

Hesher / Just Peck

Grow up, you two!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Two new movies tackle the coming-of-age dramedy in entirely different ways, yet neither succeeds in being particularly moving or reaching its goals, despite some strong moments. Meet "Hesher," which earned a theatrical release, and "Just Peck," which didn't.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

A Little Help

Jenna Fischer needs no 'Help,' giving a range-widening performance.


Drama

Rod Lott
Although "A Little Help" tries to make us believe it has presented "The Office"'s Jenna Fischer unattractive — as if! — the dramedy is worth seeing, assuming your expectations are kept reasonably in check.
 
Friday, October 21, 2011

The Descendants

Say ‘aloha’ to ‘The Descendants,’ a smart film about a fractured family that proves misery is as native to Hawaii as these contiguous states.


Drama

Rod Lott
Arriving with serious Oscar buzz, “The Descendants” is the oddest kind of road movie: one in which the roads don’t exist at all.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wolf Head

With his first feature, ‘Wolf Head,’ Yukon filmmaker Ryan Scott hopes audiences have a howling good time.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Wolf Head
7 p.m. Thursday
Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16
150 E. Reno
$7
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hysteria

What’s all the buzz with ‘Hysteria’? It’s a genial comedy about a gynecological breakthrough.


Drama

Rod Lott
Hysteria is the feel-good movie of the summer — not for any feelings invoked in its audience, but because it’s a romantic comedy about the birth of the vibrator.
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Bag of Hammers

Comes close to nailing it.


Drama

Rod Lott
Its plot may stretch the boundaries of believability, but damn it, feature-debuting director Brian Crano nails the alternately comedic and dramatic tone of the appealing A Bag of Hammers.
 
Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Perfect Family

Even if her movie does not, Kathleen Turner shines as a moralistic matriarch.


Drama

Rod Lott
The joke of The Perfect Family, of course, is that no such thing exists. Yet in the film, just as in real life, some people put on airs that suggest otherwise. The situation at the The joke of The Perfect Family, of course, is that no such thing exists. Yet in the film, just as in real life, some people put on airs that suggest otherwise. The situation at the heart of this dramedy is timely, if also a bit made-for-TV.
 
Friday, June 15, 2012

Your Sister's Sister

Because three's a crowd.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
In a summer movie season jammed with reboots, remakes and raunch, it’s a welcome revelation to come across the heartfelt Your Sister’s Sister, in which low-budget indie meets comedy of manners.
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Why Stop Now

Don’t even start.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Why Stop Now is a comedy that tries too hard to be a comedy. C’mon, you know the kind: Although grounded in reality, the film presents characters so quirky, they may as well come with signs around their neck to signal their stock roles, i.e. “Precocious Sibling” and “Black Sidekick.” Incidentally, this one fronts both of those examples.
 
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Save the Date

I thee watch?


Drama

Rod Lott
Not yet a household name, Jeffrey Brown long has been one of America's greatest young cartoonists, garnering attention and a following by writing and drawing what he knows best: himself. The indie favorite strays from the autobiographical to the fictional in his screenplay debut, Save the Date. It's a solid first try.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
 
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