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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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  • HollywoodandFine.com We live in a media culture which constantly insists that we should look and feel better than we do. We try to mimic the images we see, but it’s an...

    ‘Results’: They may vary

    HollywoodandFine.com We live in a media culture which constantly insists that we should look and feel better than we do. We try to mimic the images we see, but it’s an...

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