An ill-advised kiss caps off another season of Love

“Back In Town” makes an interesting choice that I’m not sure I’m all for the final episode of the second season. The show has already been renewed for a third season, so it’s not like we’re left hanging, but instead of focusing on Gus and Mickey, the show expands its world to include Rich Sommer’s Dustin. “Back In…

“Beware of instant chemistry”: Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust on their Love connection

A romantic comedy is nothing if you don’t want to see the leads get together—and while there are definitely parts of Netflix’s Love where it seems like the central couple should not be together, that would be a denial of the chemistry between stars Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. Co-created by Rust with his wife, Lesley…

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Comedy Bang! Bang! goes all-out on ghosts and all-in on Halloween

Halloween’s coming, and it’s time to welcome Comedy Bang! Bang! back like an old friend. Just like Scott’s welcoming Gillian Jacobs! Or maybe we’re welcoming Comedy Bang! Bang!’s back-to-back return more like we’d welcome that neighbor the whole HOA is looking askance at. You know the one: He’s got panache, but he’s…

Brother Nature checks all the SNL boxes in its first trailer

If someone placed a gun to your head and forced you to describe the upcoming Lorne Michaels-produced comedy Brother Nature based solely upon that information, odds are you’d survive just fine. “Well,” you’d probably say, “I’m guessing it stars two of Saturday Night Live’s current cast members, one of whom plays an…

Mike Birbiglia finds truth in improv in the Don’t Think Twice trailer

Mike Birbiglia’s second film takes its name as much from an improv comedian’s tactic of making things up on the fly as it does from a typically melancholy 1962 Bob Dylan song. Both references would seem to make equal sense. In Don’t Think Twice, Birbiglia plays a longtime member of a New York City improv team that’s…

The Tribeca Film Festival has started to find its identity in 2016

I live in New York City, and despite the crowds and the ridiculous prices, it’s a great place to see a movie. Actually, it’s a great place to see lots and lots of movies, which is why, in my heart of hearts, I’m committed to a major cineaste sin: Deep down, I kind of prefer the Tribeca Film Festival to the classier,…