Light, literate, and wickedly funny, A Simple Favor is Gillian Flynn for the mommy-blog set

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A Simple Favor is a film that revels in light, feminine things: mommy blogs, designer clothes, ’60s French yé-yé pop, post-playdate gin martinis with a twist—and, of course, murder. It’s no secret that the audience for true-crime stories, and murder mysteries in general, is largely female, and the new film from Paul…

Get ready for the Pitch Perfect 3 teaser with this teaser for a teaser

Generally, when a movie studio is trying to promote an upcoming film, it doesn’t make a big show of how much fun everybody had while making the movie. They’ll usually release what’s called a “trailer,” which is basically a series of clips from the movie without any context. Pitch Perfect 3, on the other hand, is a…

Anna Kendrick’s memoir acknowledges feelings but lives for the sass

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At the very end of Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendrick’s witty and frank memoir, she includes a “reading group guide,” a tongue-in-cheek parody of the food-for-thought discussion guidelines included at the end of certain literary fiction. They’re all pretty absurd, but one in particular nicely captures the general…

Chicago, see Ben Affleck in The Accountant early and for free

Going off of the trailer, Ben Affleck’s new thriller The Accountant seems to be starting from a potentially laughable premise—a guy uses his autism to become the world’s most dangerous money launderer/killer of men, like a blood-soaked Rain Man—and taking it intensely seriously. It helps that director Gavin O’Connor (…

John Krasinski’s The Hollars drowns out its best details with acoustic droning

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During the opening five or 10 minutes of The Hollars, three different tasteful acoustic-guitar songs play on the soundtrack. Or maybe it’s the same song, played three times; it’s hard to tell, and the Josh Ritter score only confuses matters further. John Krasinski’s second feature has such a milquetoast,…

The Russo brothers are also #TeamKendrick when it comes to Squirrel Girl casting

When Anna Kendrick threw out the idea of playing Squirrel Girl in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she probably didn’t expect the idea to gain so much traction so soon. After all, Marvel might have trademarked the title back in 2014, but there’s been no other indication that a film ever be in development.That didn’t…

Edgar Wright wants to see Anna Kendrick as Squirrel Girl versus the world

Having just touched on the DC Extended Universe—or, rather, a response to its recent output—it’s time for the the latest update from the Marvel movie industrial complex. Hey, it’s only fair/necessary, since superhero movies are all anybody talks about these days. (And those Edible Arrangements aren’t going to send…

John Krasinski has cold feet and a sick mom in The Hollars trailer

John Krasinski’s pulling double duty in The Hollars, a family dramedy in which he’s lucky enough to be related to Richard Jenkins and beloved character actress Margo Martindale. And while he may be Sharlto Copley’s younger brother in the movie, he’s definitely a lot taller than him and Charlie Day, who seemingly plays…

Anna Kendrick talks a lot of horse phallus in recent Vanity Fair interview

Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates is positioning itself as the next big, vulgar studio comedy, a Grandpa even Dirtier than the one that came before. To that end, stars Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, and Anna Kendrick have just given what Vanity Fair is calling its “Most Foul-Mouthed Interview Ever,” a three-minute video…

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