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FOXCATCHER

On Dupont's long and colorful history
Steve Carell and Channing Tatum
Directed by Bennett Miller

I should begin any review of Bennett Miller’s "Foxcatcher" by noting that DuPont products put dinner on my table. My father, an accountant by trade, later purchased a small business that sold DuPont products to auto body shops. That might make me the wrong person to review the film. Or it might make me the right person. You judge. The DuPont company has had a long and fascinating history, ... more >

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Magicians with mullets
Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey
Directed by Don Scardino

I should be describing “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” to let you know the positives and negatives of the latest Steve Carell mass-market comedy. But watching it, all I could wonder was, whatever happened to Steve Buscemi and the Coen Brothers? At one time he was arguably the foremost actor associated with the reticent Minnesota siblings, playing roles in all five of their features in the ... more >

Dinner for Schmucks

Who'll have the last laugh?
Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis and Jermaine Clement
Directed by Jay Roach

It is so bad that I wish there were a bunch of other movies featuring dead mice in dioramas, just so I could say, “This is the stupidest movie with dead mice in dioramas that I’ve ever seen. “ Paul Rudd is a financial analyst aiming for a promotion. To land the job, he must impress his boss at a dinner attended by the company executives. At this dinner, each person invites the strangest person ... more >