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The change-up

America is at a crossroads
Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds and Leslie Mann
Directed by David Dobkin

We’ve reached a crisis point in American comedy: why can’t Jason Bateman get promoted or laid? This summer's comedies are stocked with middle-aged men who dream of having sex but never do. That’s a healthy sign for marriage, I suppose. But if you’re a married dad who secretly wishes he could spread the seed again, do you want to spend $10 to go watch a movie about another guy who can’t, either? ... more >

The green lantern

Boom! Kapow! Michel Gondry-style
Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard,
Directed by Michel Gondry

Have you ever gotten into a conversation about the supposed fascist underpinnings of comic book superheroes? A film which embraces and teases this fascist nature is “The Green Lantern.” Test pilot Hal Jordan joins an interplanetary army built on the idea that pure willpower can overcome fear, making the universe safe for corrupt politicians, the military industrial complex, and Blake ... more >

Buried

When choosing the right carrier pays off
Ryan Reynolds, Robert Paterson and Stephen Tobolowsky
Directed by Rodrigo Cortes

Buried taps into one of the few remaining stories of the Iraq war: civilians who are taken hostage. Just what makes this one particularly rich with suspense is that it entirely takes place within the condensed and claustrophobic space of a wooden box buried in the ground. Ryan Reynolds gives his best performance ever as Paul Conroy, a truck driver for a contracting firm whose convoy was attacked ... more >