In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that there's a Jack Russell living in my house. One that looks quite a bit like Max, the white-and-patchy-brown terrier voiced with a canny canine neediness by Louis C.K. in the animated (extremely animated) The Secret Life of Pets.
Swiss Army Man is a big existential fart joke. That's good news if you like fart jokes, not so good otherwise.
The Fallen Idol. Carol Reed's 1948 black-and-white suspense classic, beautifully restored, follows a young boy (Bobby Henrey) who lives in a palatial London embassy and whose friendship with his father's majordomo (Ralph Richardson) is thrown into jeopardy. A view of the adult world through a child's eyes, it puts innocence and inquisitiveness at odds with violence, desire, deceit - all the stuff that grownups trade in. No MPAA rating
De Palma begins with Hitchcock, which is only right.
There hasn't been a contemporary director more indebted to and influenced by the Master - and happy to acknowledge it - than the Philadelphia-raised Brian De Palma. And so, this immersive and illuminating documentary about the man who made Carrie and Blow Out, The Untouchables and Scarface, begins with a scene from Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 Technicolor dream of sexual fantasy, fetishes, and mystery.
"I suffer from short-term memory loss" has to be one of the stranger catchphrases in the history of Hollywood family entertainment. The declaration, repeated like a mantra (lest she forget, which, on occasion, she does) comes from the mouth of the royal blue fish Dory - the cheery yellow-finned sidekick of 2003's box office hit, Finding Nemo.
The movies of summer 2016 are rife with reboots and remakes, sequels and prequels, superheroes and supervillains. They're also full of cats and dogs - Weiner-Dog, The Secret Life of Pets, and Nine Lives, to name but three.
Woody Harrelson, who plays hypnotist joker Merritt McKinney in Now You See Me 2, coins a new phrase in the middle of the flashy sequel to the 2013 hit: "A sack full of nada."
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping follows a comedic tradition of mock documentaries. Mockumentaries, if you will. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone cited some of their faves:
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yDirected by Rebecca Miller. With Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, and Maya Rudolph.