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THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY. In 2015, Adam McKay successfully depicted the 2008 financial crisis in The Big Short; this is another satirical look at a dark chapter in American political history. The rise of Dick Cheney gets a completely irreverent treatment, with amusingly dim-witted and mean-spirited performances by Sam … Continue reading Vice

The Big Short: Dark Days Lie Ahead

THIS IS A TRUE STORY. Brad Pitt must think Michael Lewis is a genius. Perhaps he is. Lewis is the financial journalist who wrote “Moneyball”, a book about a baseball manager who used statistics to win games, and “The Big Short”, about the housing bubble that sent the world into the Great Recession of 2008. … Continue reading The Big Short: Dark Days Lie Ahead

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The Other Guys

When two hot-shot NYC cops are killed in action, it is up to desk-bound colleagues Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg) to pick up the baton. Adam McKay’s buddy-cop spoof is a definite improvement on his Step Brothers (2008); it may be loud and dumb, but at least it’s got plenty of … Continue reading The Other Guys

Step Brothers

THEY GROW UP SO FAST. When Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) get married, their 40-year-old, terminally childish sons (Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly) instantly hate each other’s guts. The director and stars of Talladega Nights (2006) reportedly came up with the idea for this film while having dinner, and it shows. There’s not … Continue reading Step Brothers

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

NO BRAKES. NO BRAINS.  NASCAR champ Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) has a successful partnership with a colleague (John C. Reilly), but their friendship and NASCAR supremacy are challenged by a newly arrived French driver (Sacha Baron Cohen). The director and the star of Anchorman (2004) thrilled their fans with a film much like it. As … Continue reading Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

HIS NEWS IS BIGGER THAN YOUR NEWS. San Diego, the 1970s; Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is loving life as a popular local news anchorman, but the arrival of a female colleague (Christina Applegate) rattles Ron and the other boys at the station. This looks like one of those comedies where they have written an entire film … Continue reading Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy