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Inside Out Review


Those bright sparks at Pixar have done it again, taking a fiercely original approach to animated filmmaking that connects with both adults and children. Intriguingly, this movie will be a very different movie depending on your age, because it explores the point where childish happiness gives way to more complex emotions. The basic idea may not be completely original, but the way director-cowriter Pete Docter (Up) approaches it is inventive, provoking constant laughter and even a few tears.

It's set inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), where the control room is run by Joy (Amy Poehler), who struggles to keep the darker emotions in check. Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust (Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Louis Black and Mindy Kaling) aren't easy for Joy to manage. And when Riley's parents (Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane) move the family from Minnesota to San Francisco, Riley's difficulty fitting into her new environment causes serious turmoil in her mind. Joy and Sadness find themselves lost in the recesses of Riley's memory, and must team up with Riley's forgotten imaginary friend Bing Bong (Richard Kind) to get back to headquarters, where Fear, Anger and Disgust are making a mess of everything.

As expected, the animation is simply gorgeous, combining bright colours and all kinds of textures to create both the real world and the expansive universe inside Riley's head. These things will provide both laughs and thrills, while grown-ups will also engage with an extra psychological layer of meaning, as Joy and Sadness travel through abstract thought to get to the imagination and ultimately to dreams, which are like a full-on movie studio that uses memories to create sleep-time blockbusters. There's also a brief but freaky visit to the subconscious. Through all of this Joy and Sadness discover that they need each other to function, which adds a surprisingly moving kick to everything that happens along the way.

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Mindy Kaling Talks Disgust In Pixar's "Inside Out"

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Mindy Kaling has voiced Disgust in Inside Out. No, not in the way you think. Kaling portrays the character Disgust, an emotion felt by the 11-year-old protagonist of the film, released this weekend.

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Kaling found the role fun, but challenging.


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2015 Garden Of Laughs Comedy Benefit

Lewis Black - 2015 Garden Of Laughs Comedy Benefit at the Club Bar and Grill at Madison Square Garden - Arrivals at Madison Square Garden - New York, United States - Saturday 28th March 2015

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Hamilton Opening Night Arrivals

Lewis Black - Opening night of the Alexander Hamilton bio-musical Hamilton, at the Public Theater - Arrivals. at Public Theater, - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 17th February 2015

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Inside Out Trailer

Riley is an ordinary young girl growing up, thought she has some very real hurdles to get over as she enters into her teen years. Her parents have decided to move from their home in the Midwest, all the way to San Francisco after her father finds his career leading him to the city. It's not easy getting used to calling somewhere else home, nor is it to change schools, make new friends and fit in with a neighbourhood, so it's unsurprising there's a whirlwind of emotions going on in her head. Those emotions? They are Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness and they are not making life easy for Riley. Living in the Headquarters of her brain, they are forever arguing about how best to deal with Riley's situation, and while Joy is trying to make the best of what has happened, the others aren't so forthcoming. 

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Inside Out - Lava Clip

Uku is a volcano living in the isolated tropical beauty of Hawaii and desperate to find someone to love him. He sings about his lonliness and his attention is soon grabbed by fellow volcano Lele - but does she feel the same way?

'Lava' is a short film directed by James Ford Murphy and produced by Andrea Warren. It will be released alongside a new Disney animation entitled 'Inside Out', which stars Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader.

Riley is struggling with her and her family's move from the Midwest to San Francisco after her father lands a new job in the city. Growing up is difficult at the best of times, but now her emotions are really starting to get the better of her. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness live in the Headquarters inside Riley's brain and are constantly at odds - arguing over the best coping mechanism to deal with growing up, her new home, new school and new friends. Joy wants to remain upbeat and optimistic about the future, while Fear can't bear with the new surroundings. Anger and Sadness are lamenting leaving the Midwest, and Disgust will do anything to get Riley away.

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Video - Child Star Haley Joel Osment Spotted At 'Anchorman 2' NY Premiere - Part 2

There were several familiar faces at the 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' New York premiere held at the Beacon Theatre, among which was former child star Haley Joel Osment, who rose to fame as Cole Sear in Oscar nominated 'The Sixth Sense' in 1999.

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Chris Wragge - New York premiere of 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' at Beacon Theatre - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 15th December 2013

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Heckler Review

As a critic, one approaches Heckler with a sense of dread. The brainchild of perennial whipping boy Jamie Kennedy -- whose movies are savaged by the press, each one rated worse than the last -- it is a film in which Kennedy gets his chance to fire back at the critics who have hounded him his entire career. At 38 years old, he is now on the Rob Schneider trajectory, destined never to make a critically loved or even artistically interesting film. He makes goofball comedies that appeal to the PG-13 crowd (if that), and for years Kennedy has been unapologetic about that fact.

When one reviews a Kennedy movie, a critic rarely thinks about Kennedy sitting on the other side of that review, reading your comments and perhaps reacting emotionally to them. Who would've thought that, deep inside, Kennedy was the proverbial clown that cried.

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Unaccompanied Minors Review

Every year, we get a fresh batch of treacle at the movie theatre, all in the name of "family holiday entertainment;" approximately 68 percent of it stars Tim Allen. Because many Christmas movies have so little to recommend them, when Unaccompanied Minors comes in as "not too shabby," it's actually a rather glowing recommendation, given the context.A group of wee teens, flying for reasons that range from divorce to Judaism, get snowed in to a fictional Midwest airport on Christmas Eve. They balk at staying in the unaccompanied minors' lounge -- sort of an unsanitary recess in a demilitarized zone -- and make a break for it. They have a mission (to deliver Christmas to one boy's idealistic little sister) and a sworn enemy (Lewis Black as the airport's Scroogetastic head of passenger relations), and between them, they also have the full range of plucky teen clichés. There's Spencer (Dyllan Christopher) the ringleader, a geek who is only geeky in the world of movies, a spoiled princess with a heart of gold (Gina Mantegna), the sassy tomboy (Quinn Shephard), and the stereotype trifecta, the anal, prematurely grown teen who is also the black kid and the Jew (Tyler James Williams).To their credit, the kids in Unaccompanied Minors aren't cloying moppets, and all have a handle on how to act as real-kid-like as a holiday film will allow (Williams especially rocks the pitch-perfect comic timing he uses each week on TV's Everyone Hates Chris). And further thank heaven that the film is not, in fact, the Home Alone ripoff the previews advertise. Yes, there are precocious kids outwitting ill-tempered adults, but there are also a lot of jokes made at the expense of bio-diesel (Spencer's dad, played by Rob Corddry, is a tree-hugger who sets out across a couple of blizzarding states to pick up his stranded son).Director Paul Feig, who's made a career out of directing cult-popular TV series like The Office, Arrested Development, Freaks & Geeks (which he co-created), trades on some of his cachet and rounds up a laundry list of pals and former co-workers to turn the supporting cast into sort of a who's who of hip comedy talent. In addition to Black and Corddry, fellow correspondent from The Daily Show Rob Riggle is a security guard; The Office's writer/actors Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak both show up as disheartened airport employees; Tony Hale and Jessica Walter, both late of Arrested, each have a cameo; and former Kids in the Hall Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, and Mark McKinney play an inept group of guards (in the hall).The killer cast, though, is pretty much the only nod to the sly humor Minors could have boasted to make it as appealing to adults as it will be to precocious pre-teens. The rest is purely PG-level wackiness that is admittedly funny at times -- I like a good jack-in-the-box Santa gag as much as the next person -- even as it is relentlessly predictable and unabashedly heartwarming. Screenwriters Mya Stark & Jacob Meszaros, both working on their first feature-length films, clearly do not have the same handle on subversive comedy that many of the actors, and Feig, have shown such brilliance with in the past, and they head instead for the broadest of gags.In the context of comedy films, Unaccompanied Minors is probably mediocre at best. There are rather too many aw-shucks moments, the plot is wafer thin, and airport hijinks like this are patently ludicrous in a post-9/11, no-water-or-moisturizer-past-security world. But when it comes to movies that are meant to promote family togetherness and holiday cheer, there are certainly worse things you could be dragged to by your children/parents/siblings. And yes, I am looking at you, everything that Tim Allen has done for November release in the past decade.Where's Sinbad when you need him?

Man Of The Year Review

Like a politician riding the campaign trail, Barry Levinson's Man of the Year talks out of both sides of its mouth by promising one thing but delivering another. Ad materials suggest an irreverent Robin Williams comedy that aims to satirize our electoral process. Once that plot is established, though, Year converts into a low-level political potboiler that's scraped from the sides of John Grisham's circular file.

What's funny about this deceptive bait-and-switch is that Year rests on the shoulders of a character whose primary directive is to slice through the empty rhetoric that's clogging our branches of government. Talk show host Tom Dobbs (Williams) takes Washington bureaucrats to task on a nightly basis - the character is modeled after Daily Show host Jon Stewart. At the urging of his fed-up fan base, Dobbs tosses his hat into the presidential race and hits the campaign trail with his manager (Christopher Walken) and producer (Lewis Black) in tow.

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Accepted Review

On paper, there's little doubt that the idea of combining Animal House and Camp Nowhere sounded like a good idea. Both films are entertaining, though the former obviously much more than the latter. Not too surprisingly, Accepted takes the scant mundane parts of Animal House and pastes them on the Camp Nowhere plot, and then decides to throw in a little Van Wilder for old time's sake. If you saw any of these films, expect an uneasy feeling of recycling.

Bartleby (Justin Long) is a clever high school student, but not specifically good at working. He can trick people and has an unnatural ability with words, but he can't get into a college to save his life. Several of his fellow friends and classmates are finding the same problem. After a failed plan to trick his parents, Bartleby decides that the only way to quell his parents' worries is to get an acceptance letter from a fake college. So, on a whim, he and a pack of ravenously creative friends set up a website, buy a space, remodel it, and make it look about as college-like as possible. It works for Bartleby's parents, but soon, hundreds of students are at the gates of the school, ready to learn.

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Hannah And Her Sisters Review

It's not his best, but Hannah and Her Sisters is definitely Woody Allen's second best. The film does everything a Woody film should -- it deals with complex issues in a hilarious way. Up this time, as the title suggests, is the notion of family, as Allen skewers a dysfunctional clan led by three sisters (Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, and Barbara Hershey) and the rotten men the come in and out of their lives.

Allen plays his neurotic self to perfection, this time a hypochondriac TV executive and ex-husband of Hannah (Farrow). Michael Caine, though, steals the show as Hannah's current husband who falls in love with sister Lee (Hershey), herself living with an aging, pedantic shut-in (Max von Sydow).

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