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Movie Blog: ‘Happy Christmas’ Review

Anna Kendrick was good in Drinking Buddies, but she’s better in Happy Christmas. This time, in another work of director Joe Swanberg, she plays an infectiously bubbly, if irresponsible, 27-year-old named Jenny, who’s moved to Chicago after breaking up with her boyfriend. She stays in the Windy City with her brother (played by Swanberg), and the film focuses on her struggle to balance her youthful energy with the realpolitik of growing up. And despite what the title suggests, the film’s not really about Christmas.

08/08/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Drinking Buddies’ Stronger Than 3.2 Rom Com

The trailer for Drinking Buddies goes down like something you’ve tasted a hundred times before, a rom com in which two couples somehow swap lovers and end up all the happier for it. Coming off more Hollywood than “mumblecore,” the preview makes you feel as though you know what you’re getting into — the tried-and-true altered just so much by indie influence, the cinematic equivalent of Blue Moon.

09/13/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘V/H/S’ Is Goofy Glitchy Nostalgic Horror Fun

V/H/S is playing at the Lagoon this week and only this week. If you like horror movies, see it. But it’s not for everybody. At the screening, I saw four people (including a cute young couple) walk out. Beware!

10/06/2012

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