| Jul 1, 2013
| 8:13 AM
The female-comedy renaissance epitomized by "Bridesmaids" added a new notch to its holster this weekend with the success of "The Heat."
Featuring slapstick physical comedy and a plot involving a mysterious Keyser Soze-like drug dealer (I'll admit I...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 12:03 PM
Director Paul Feig, hot off the box-office success of “The Heat,” is going to stick with women with guns. But in his next movie, his lead will be a spy — a female James Bond.
The planned 20th Century Fox project is in the early...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 4:26 PM
"The Heat," starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, is the latest entry in a long-running and much-loved movie joke: the buddy-cop comedy. In this case, a bosom-buddy cop comedy.
The movie follows a well-beaten path. They're cops, they're enemies,...
| Jun 26, 2013
You probably wouldn’t imagine Paul Feig, the creator of the short-lived NBC classic “Freaks and Geeks,” staring death in the face during a ride-along with cops. And you shouldn’t.
“I’d be absolutely useless,”...
| Jun 27, 2013
** (out of four)
A by-the-book FBI agent. An all-over-the-place cop. Imagine the sparks that will fly if they become partners!
Actually, you don’t have to imagine. You’ve seen this dynamic in practically every buddy cop movie ever, just...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 10:28 AM
"The Heat" has all the elements you'd expect from a buddy cop movie — the oil-and-water partnership, the car chases, the wisecracks — and a few you wouldn't — for instance, a scene involving Spanx.
Faithfully conforming to the macho...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 1:19 PM
About midway through the documentary "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay" (opening Friday at the Music Box Theatre), Jay emerges backstage after a performance and is greeted by a roomful of people. As he acknowledges his well-...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Now that we've raised the "mission accomplished" banner on the "Arrested Development" reunion, can we get the wheels in motion and reassemble the cast of another dearly departed cult TV favorite -- "Freaks and Geeks"?
"Oh, we couldn't afford them,"...
| May 24, 2013
| 5:10 AM
Television critics of the world unite: Let's start reviewing shows whenever the heck we get around to it.
That's the model Netflix appears to be recommending with its decision to release 15 episodes of "Arrested Development" Sunday without making any...
| May 8, 2013
| 10:22 AM
TBS Just For Laughs Chicago has added Russell Brand, Pete Holmes, Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn, Doug Benson, Todd Glass, Scott Adsit, Kevin Dorff, Jon Glaser, TJ & Dave, Horatio Sanz, Matt Walsh, Brad Morris and Joe Nunez to its festival line-up....
| Apr 26, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Not long after Paul Feig created the beloved cult TV series "Freaks and Geeks" in 1999, studios began barraging him with coming-of-age sex comedy scripts, even though "Freaks," with its sweet, sympathetic portrait of the perils of adolescence, was...
| May 13, 2011
From the first overheated moments of "Bridesmaids," with its Kama Sutra-plus-six-positions sex — so satisfying for him, so exhausting for her — it's clear we're in for that rarest of treats: an R-rated romantic comedy from the Venus point of view.