Despite Jennifer Garner’s efforts, Peppermint fails on nearly every level

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At some point during the development of Peppermint, somebody had a great idea. Like a flashback to the candy-colored past, it’s easy to imagine that meeting. A golden moment. An uncut gem of an idea waiting to be shaped into something splendid: “What if we put Jennifer Garner in a John Wick movie?” Conjuring that…

What awful realization made Jennifer Garner's blood run cold?

Awards shows prime the mind for deep thoughts and revelations. “Why wasn’t I nominated?” one might wonder as the montages unfold. “Are these people truly my friends, or is that just an act, too?” you’ll think, smoothing out the folds of that gown. “Oh, my god, I didn’t hallucinate that scene in Three Billboards where…

Please enjoy Jennifer Garner, high as hell and crying about Hamilton

Celebrities: They’re just like us… in the sense that we all occasionally get too high and start crying about stuff in front of our friends and sometimes our dealer. The difference is that most celebrities are savvy enough to have someone film their breakdowns so they can later post them on social media. That’s exactly…

The hammy Bryan Cranston performance is coming from the attic in Wakefield

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“Ghosting” is the popular term for when a person simply vanishes from a relationship, leaving no word for the other party. In Robin Swicord’s Wakefield, her protagonist takes “ghosting” to the extreme. One day Howard Wakefield returns to his suburban home during a blackout, chases a raccoon into an attic, and decides…

Today in “why not”: 13 Going On 30 is being turned into a musical

13 Going On 30—the Big rip-off that’s an enduring reminder of Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo’s collective appeal—is being turned into a Broadway musical, according to Deadline. The site reports that the movie’s screenwriters, Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, are tackling the book, while the songs are being written by…

Can the new wave of faith-based filmmaking transcend propaganda?

“A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident.” That’s the synopsis provided by the gang behind Miracles From Heaven, a faith-based drama starring Jennifer Garner that premiered to packed houses last month. But that miraculous cure? It…

God, please spare us more Miracles From Heaven

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Early on, when Miracles From Heaven is busy establishing its main characters’ warm, openhearted, regular-folks piety, Texas mom Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) goes around to each of her three daughters’ bedrooms for a “prayer check.” She isn’t just checking to make sure they’ve said their prayers (though she is doing…

The ones after the Super Bowl: 10 shows that capitalized on TV’s best slot

Advertisers looking to make the biggest splash possible use the Super Bowl’s massive audience as the platform. And they do so at a hefty cost—NBC commanded $4.5 million for each half-minute of commercial time during Sunday’s upcoming Patriots-Seahawks showdown. Just as advertisers have to decide whether a Super Bowl…

Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is actually pretty good

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Adults may approach Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with understandable reluctance—it’s a feature-length film made out of a 20-page book. And while this isn’t a movie that adults should seek out besides maybe catching it on cable, parents can let down their guard. Alexander is a…

Noah Baumbach, David Gordon Green, and Jon Stewart premiering new films in Toronto

The programmers of the Toronto International Film Festival have announced the first wave of titles that will screen this September—and as usual, it’s an overwhelming grab bag of splashy premieres, potential masterpieces, and possible follies. The films unveiled so far have been filed under “Galas” and “Special…