When comedy shines a light on big-money political campaigns
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis
Directed by Jay Roach

Those hoping “The Campaign” would be an economic-political satire will probably be a little disappointed, but for those ready to laugh at some Dog-Gate 2012-like absurdity with two comedic heavyweights behind the wheel, this Will Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis comedy hits the mark. Ferrell is Cam Brady, on his way to another term as congressman for Hammond, NC, while Galifianakis is Marty Huggins, ... more >

Happy birthday, Zach Galifianakis

Hangover comedian turns a respectable 41

Who is Zach Galifianakis? Does he work at that Greek restaurant out in Long Island City which I used to patronize until I had bad swordfish? Galifianakis: that's Greek, isn't it? Thus my inferring that he might work in one of those multi-purpose restaurants in the surroundings of Manhattan. No, Zach Galifianakis is a certified funny man who most recently shot up to stardom thanks to the ... more >

The Hangover II

Same shenanigans new locale
Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms
Directed by Todd Phillips

I watched “The Hangover II” (a.k.a H2) at the multiplex because I wanted to find out how the sequel would stack up next to the original and wildly successful 2009 original, and also because I wanted to be part of the event of watching the movie inside a theatre packed with movie-goers rearing to go. H2 is an event because it helped launch—together with “Kung Fu Panda 2”—this summer tentpole ... more >

Youth in Revolt

And so once again we join Michael Cera in progress as he tries to lose his virginity. Does this sound like the plot of every Michael Cera film? I mean, at least in Juno, he got it over with real quick-like. In Youth in Revolt, it doesn’t come so easily. But at least it is, surprisingly, darn funny, if silly as hell. You must wonder why the Weinsteins would wait to stash this in the January dump ... more >

REVIEW – The Hangover

 [rating=2] "The Hangover" opens from the desert around Las Vegas. A man bleeds from his lip as he speaks into his cell phone. He instructs a faraway bride to hang up her bridal gown. She’s not going to need it. They don't know where the groom has vanished. This edgy scene suggests that if you eat to the center of this comedy, you will find a secret of darkest cherry – something bleak and ... more >