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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Aug 21, 2019 at 01:00. 22 comments

The well-meaning Brittany Runs A Marathon can’t quite go the distance

The well-meaning Brittany Runs A Marathon can’t quite go the distance
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewBrittany Runs A MarathonC+Movie ReviewBrittany Runs A MarathonC+C+Brittany Runs A MarathonDirector

Paul Downs Colaizzo

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103 minutes

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R

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English

Cast

Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, Micah Stock, Alice Lee

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Select theaters August 23

In the past decade, there’s been an ever-growing divide in how people think about...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Aug 16, 2019 at 18:00.

After a decade of discourse, (500) Days Of Summer is basically the Fight Club of rom-coms

After a decade of discourse, (500) Days Of Summer is basically the Fight Club of rom-coms
When Romance Met ComedyWith When Romance Met Comedy, Caroline Siede examines the history of the rom-com through the years, one happily ever after (or not) at a time.  

The most memorable sequence of (500) Days Of Summer plays out in split screen, with one side capturing the romanticized expectations of how a party will go and the other side depicting the disappointing reality. It’s an aching...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Aug 13, 2019. 20 comments

You don’t need to love Springsteen to like the thoughtful crowd-pleaser Blinded By The Light

You don’t need to love Springsteen to like the thoughtful crowd-pleaser Blinded By The Light
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewBlinded By The LightBMovie ReviewBlinded By The LightBBBlinded By The LightDirector

Gurinder Chadha

Runtime

117 minutes

Rating

PG-13

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English

Cast

Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Aaron Phagura, Dean-Charles Chapman, Hayley Atwell, Nell Williams, Meera Ganatra, Rob Brydon, Nikita Mehta

Availability

Theaters everywhere August 16

Blinded By The Light is the latest in what...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Aug 06, 2019.

The Art Of Racing In The Rain is a doggone mess

The Art Of Racing In The Rain is a doggone mess
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewThe Art Of Racing In The RainCMovie ReviewThe Art Of Racing In The RainCCThe Art Of Racing In The RainDirector

Simon Curtis

Runtime

109 minutes

Rating

PG

Language

English

Cast

Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Martin Donovan

Availability

Theaters everywhere August 9

Timing is everything when it comes to release dates...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Aug 02, 2019.

Nicolas Cage romanced Cher in one of the weirdest rom-coms ever made

Nicolas Cage romanced Cher in one of the weirdest rom-coms ever made
When Romance Met ComedyWith When Romance Met Comedy, Caroline Siede examines the history of the rom-com through the years, one happily ever after (or not) at a time.  

The first scene of Moonstruck takes place in a funeral home and the final scene takes place around a crowded kitchen table. That’s the film in a nutshell—a romantic comedy where life and death are intertwined, where sorrow makes...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 19, 2019. 11 comments

The Best Man capped off one decade of black rom-coms and inspired another

The Best Man capped off one decade of black rom-coms and inspired another
When Romance Met ComedyWith When Romance Met Comedy, Caroline Siede examines the history of the rom-com through the years, one happily ever after (or not) at a time.  

From the late ’90s to the mid 2010s, Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs starred in five major romantic comedies, two of them opposite one another. Yet when people rattle off lists of the genre’s biggest stars, their names seldom appear...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 15, 2019.

You want Hamilton jokes? Inside Amy Schumer has Hamilton jokes

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, April 21. All times are Eastern.

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Scandal (ABC, 9 p.m.): Gwen Ihnat called the most recent episode of Scandal the grossest thing she’s ever seen on network television. Can the show recover from Olivia’s brush with homicide? We’re about to find out! In “Til Death Do Us Part,” Olivia returns to her father’s house to deal with the...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 14, 2019.

Twelve seasons later, Grey’s Anatomy brings back its very first patient

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<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/twelve-seasons-later-grey-s-anatomy-brings-back-its-ve-1798186911" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Twelve seasons later,<i> Grey’s Anatomy</i> brings back its very first patient</a>
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I wrote last week about Grey’s Anatomy’s unique ability to pull from 12 seasons of history when it wants to confront its characters with the past. And that’s on display tonight as Meredith’s first ever patient...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 14, 2019.

Here are just some of the many ways a trip to Mars could kill you

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/here-are-just-some-of-the-many-ways-a-trip-to-mars-coul-1798254456" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Here are just some of the many ways a trip to Mars could kill you</a>

If you need something to distract yourself from the constant chatter about the future of Donald Trump’s America, why not contemplate all of the ways you could die on a trip to Mars instead? Vox has even done the heavy lifting for you, with a seven-minute video breaking down all the things that can go wrong on such a journey. With help from senior NASA scientist Chris McKay, Vox science...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 14, 2019.

Kim Kardashian West and Chrissy Teigen are starting an internet book club

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/kim-kardashian-west-and-chrissy-teigen-are-starting-an-1798257566" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Kim Kardashian West and Chrissy Teigen are starting an internet book club</a>

Say what you will about them, but Kim Kardashian West and Chrissy Teigen have emerged as two of the more socially conscious celebrities out there. And their latest mission is to get more people to read. Along with celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, the trio is launching a book club, and they’re starting with Betty Eadie’s 1992 book Embraced By The Light. The book centers on Eadie’s near-death...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 13, 2019.

These classic movies might as well be “Walkin’ On The Sun”

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/these-classic-movies-might-as-well-be-walkin-on-the-s-1798251628" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">These classic movies might as well be “Walkin’ On The Sun”</a>

It ain’t no joke. We have the success of the breezy 1997 single “Walkin’ On The Sun” to thank (or curse) for bringing Smash Mouth to prominence. And now the YouTube channel DoctorTchock is giving the song an even more auspicious legacy, this time in classic films. The channel—which seems to have been created for this express purpose—has uploaded a whole collection of famous movie endings with...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 13, 2019.

Holy guest star, Batman! Adam West visits The Big Bang Theory

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/holy-guest-star-batman-adam-west-visits-the-big-bang-1798244576" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Holy guest star, Batman! Adam West visits <i>The Big Bang Theory</i></a>

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, February 25. All times are Eastern.

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The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 p.m.): The Big Bang Theory pulls out all the stops for its 200th episode, enlisting special guest stars like Christine Baranski, Sara Giblert, and Wil Wheaton to help party-phobic Sheldon celebrate his birthday for the first time. But the biggest draw is extra special...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 13, 2019.

Hayley Atwell does not approve of that Civil War kiss either

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/hayley-atwell-does-not-approve-of-that-civil-war-kiss-e-1798247982" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Hayley Atwell does not approve of that <i>Civil War </i>kiss either</a>

Like most human beings who saw Captain America: Civil War, Hayley Atwell was less than thrilled with that super awkward kiss between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his nominal love interest Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), great-niece of Cap’s former flame Peggy Carter. Atwell has some authority on the matter, given that she played Peggy in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and on her own TV...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 13, 2019.

Meredith answers a question on this week’s Grey’s Anatomy

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“I Am Not Waiting Anymore” isn’t a particularly great episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Neither of the cases were all that compelling, I don’t care nearly as much about Meredith’s love...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 13, 2019.

Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, and Megan Mullally to experience the apocalypse together

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Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, and Megan Mullally are set to star in a new British series called Apocalypse Slough, a 10-part original drama airing on Sky 1 later this year and on NBC at some point thereafter, according to Deadline. After learning that a massive comet large enough to wipe out all life is on a collision course with Earth, a group of friends gather beneath the small British town...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 13, 2019.

Rita Moreno and Casey Wilson check-in on a zippy Grey’s Anatomy

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines: It’s time for a RESIDENT SCRAMBLE! After struggling against its big ensemble for the past two episodes, Grey’s Anatomy embraces the key benefit of having so many players—the...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 13, 2019.

Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson is comfort food for Late Late Show fans

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 12, 2019.

Wilmer Valderrama says good day to Grey’s Anatomy

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Any show churning out over 22 episodes a season is going to wind up with some filler. After the inventive storytelling of “The Sound Of Silence” and “Unbreak My Heart,” Grey’s has been spinning its...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 12, 2019.

Revisit The West Wing with this series finale retrospective

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/revisit-the-west-wing-with-this-series-finale-retrospec-1798251235" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Revisit <i>The West Wing</i> with this series finale retrospective</a>

When The West Wing ended 10 years (and three months) ago, the series finale was originally meant to be preceded by a retrospective of the entire show. That idea was scrapped due to compensation issues, and NBC merely re-aired the pilot instead. For the past five years, footage from that would-be retrospective has been lurking on filmmaker’s Jonathan Buss’ Vimeo page. And now a Tumblr post has...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 12, 2019.

This Is Us sings the bittersweet ballad of Rebecca Pearson

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As a human being, I have innate emotional reactions to the media I watch, and as a critic, it’s my job to analyze and explain why the media made me feel that way. But that’s sometimes easier said than done. I spent most of the second half of “Katie Girls” feeling really choked up and I’m not entirely sure why. It’s...

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