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  • HollywoodandFine.com Half the struggle in documentary filmmaking is finding the right material. The other half is figuring out what to do with it. Two new documentaries get both halves of...

    ‘Best of Enemies,’ ‘Listen to Me Marlon’: Tasty slices of history

    HollywoodandFine.com Half the struggle in documentary filmmaking is finding the right material. The other half is figuring out what to do with it. Two new documentaries get both halves of...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com When the subject is immigration, outrage tends to outshout empathy. There’s a lot of fear but not a lot of humanity. Which is why “Samba” is a film that...

    ‘Samba’: Touching human tale

    HollywoodandFine.com When the subject is immigration, outrage tends to outshout empathy. There’s a lot of fear but not a lot of humanity. Which is why “Samba” is a film that...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Right from the start, let me stipulate that, when it comes to most comic-book movies, I turn into Anti-Man. I believe comic-book movies — and the overweening Comic-Con mentality...

    ‘Ant-Man’: Hold the insecticide

    HollywoodandFine.com Right from the start, let me stipulate that, when it comes to most comic-book movies, I turn into Anti-Man. I believe comic-book movies — and the overweening Comic-Con mentality...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Let me start by saying two things: I think Amy Schumer is one of the funniest humans around. I also think Judd Apatow is one of the most overrated...

    ‘Trainwreck’: Taking the local to comedy

    HollywoodandFine.com Let me start by saying two things: I think Amy Schumer is one of the funniest humans around. I also think Judd Apatow is one of the most overrated...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com The idea of human consciousness going mobile is an intriguing one: What if you could actually trade minds with another person? That’s the premise of “Self/less,” a disappointing mind-transfer...

    ‘Self/less’: Brain drain

    HollywoodandFine.com The idea of human consciousness going mobile is an intriguing one: What if you could actually trade minds with another person? That’s the premise of “Self/less,” a disappointing mind-transfer...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com The creators of “Minions” obviously never heard either of two complementary expressions: “A little goes a long way” and “too much of a good thing.” If they had, there...

    ‘Minions’: Enough is too much

    HollywoodandFine.com The creators of “Minions” obviously never heard either of two complementary expressions: “A little goes a long way” and “too much of a good thing.” If they had, there...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com The wish of a terminally ill child as the subject for a documentary? I know, cue the cliches: strength in the face of tragedy, laughter through tears, the whole...

    ‘Batkid Begins’: Summer bright spot

    HollywoodandFine.com The wish of a terminally ill child as the subject for a documentary? I know, cue the cliches: strength in the face of tragedy, laughter through tears, the whole...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com It is the rare movie comedy that can encompass the wild events  of a single night and keep you both squirming and surprised into laughter for its full running...

    ‘The Overnight’: No sleeping

    HollywoodandFine.com It is the rare movie comedy that can encompass the wild events  of a single night and keep you both squirming and surprised into laughter for its full running...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com I’ve heard Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope” referred to as “Nerdz ’N the Hood,” which is apt – although a better comparison would be “Risky Business.” Set in the Inglewood section...

    ‘Dope’: Geeks rule

    HollywoodandFine.com I’ve heard Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope” referred to as “Nerdz ’N the Hood,” which is apt – although a better comparison would be “Risky Business.” Set in the Inglewood section...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com I remember my elation when I saw the first episodes of HBO’s “Entourage” in 2004. Here, at last, was a situation-comedy about backstage life in Hollywood that seemed to...

    ‘Entourage’: Cashing the check

    HollywoodandFine.com I remember my elation when I saw the first episodes of HBO’s “Entourage” in 2004. Here, at last, was a situation-comedy about backstage life in Hollywood that seemed to...

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