Like the best romantic comedies, Bridget Jones’s Diary is about more than just falling in love

As a lifelong lover of the much-maligned romantic comedy, I’ve always found it funny when people dismiss the genre as being too “unrealistic.” Those detractors aren’t necessarily wrong—they’re just mistaking a feature for a bug. Rom-coms aren’t aiming for realism and failing. They’re purposefully utilizing a…

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Dick Van Dyke is back at the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank for Mary Poppins Returns

In Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke espouses the virtues of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank in song as the grizzled Mr. Dawes Sr. Well, Disney confirmed in a press release today that he’ll appear in the sequel, which is currently in production, as that character’s offspring Mr. Dawes Jr. Van Dyke—who, of course, also played…

Bridget Jones’s Baby becomes a silent film in this dialogue-free trailer

Blame it on Al Jolson. Ever since that infernal crooner delivered the line “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” in 1927’s The Jazz Singer, audiences have demanded to hear actors speak in movies. The very next year, Mickey Mouse spoke in Steamboat Willie, and the era of the talkie had truly arrived. Displaced silent actress…

The new Bridget Jones’s Baby trailer reveals more about one potential daddy

Fifteen years after the “patron saint of singletons” found true love in her first film—and 12 years after she found it once again in the first sequel—Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) in back on big screens sporting a big, baby-filled belly. The most pressing of her numerous problems this time is that she’s not sure who…

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Kingsman is a slick, gory spy pastiche—just don’t think about it too hard

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a live-action Hammacher Schlemmer catalog of pseudo-retro novelties, spiced up with self-aware asides and over-the-top violence—slick entertainment, provided the viewer turns off whatever part of their brain is responsible for recognizing and parsing subtext. Very loosely adapted from a…