After When Harry Met Sally, almost every rom-com tried to have what Nora Ephron was having

If you were trying to find a consensus pick for the best romantic comedy of all time, 1989’s When Harry Met Sally would definitely be a huge part of the conversation, if not just the clear-cut winner. It’s the rom-com that forever changed the nature of rom-coms, and you can find traces of When Harry Met Sally’s DNA in…

Woody Harrelson’s makeup isn’t the worst thing about LBJ

Rob Reiner’s LBJ hides Woody Harrelson under prosthetics and make-up. The result looks terrible, like a fish-lipped Dick Tracy villain with an elephant’s ears. Is this really supposed to be Lyndon B. Johnson, the guru of Senate politics who misread the first modern primary? The president who created the largest array…

Woody Harrelson is America’s grouchy, toilet-sitting president in the first trailer for LBJ

Woody Harrelson gives good cranky, something he’s proven in any number of film performances. Harrelson will have to put all of his grumpy muscles to the test, though, in Rob Reiner’s upcoming Lyndon B. Johnson biopic, LBJ. In a new trailer released today, Harrelson captures a number of LBJ’s grouchy mannerisms—most…

A fragmented, frustrating New Girl puts some pieces together

Let’s get a couple of things straight. One, “Misery” is a utilitarian episode of New Girl, and a utilitarian episode of New Girl is still better than many sitcoms. Two, the fragmentation that bogs down “Misery” is right on theme for an episode about frustrating failures of communication. But knowing it’s intentional…

Rob Reiner on his favorite films, and why he changed the ending of When Harry Met Sally…

You’d be hard-pressed to find a current director who has helmed as many beloved movies as Rob Reiner. He was born into show business; his dad Carl Reiner was an early creator on The Dick Van Dyke Show and a comedy partner of Mel Brooks. The younger Reiner eagerly dove into the family business, with improv troupes and…

Surely you can’t be serious: 16 movie parodies that still hold up

Parody films are ephemeral by nature. Take Fifty Shades Of Black, the Marlon Wayans Fifty Shades Of Grey parody that comes out this weekend: Based on its trailer, it’s practically guaranteed to feature at least one gag involving someone farting during sex. It’s also practically guaranteed to be forgotten before the…

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Back at your ass for the nine-4: 36 least essential entertainments from 1994

When people talk about 1994 being one of the great years for movies, chances are they aren’t referring in any way to the disposable, unloved sequels that Hollywood barfed out over that particular 12-month stretch. Not that anyone should remember these films: “Inessential” is too kind a word to describe such forgotten…