With its provocative storyline and immaculately indie street cred, Lynn Shelton's 2009 hit Humpday earned her a load of admirers. With it-girl Emily Blunt headlining her latest effort, Your Sister's Sister, Shelton is likely to break open to an even wider audience
It wasn't supposed to be a sister. In fact, as originally conceived by writer-director Lynn Shelton, Your Sister's Sister could have been titled "Your Sister's Mother."
Your Sister's Sister is the culmination of Shelton's prior feature experience and, also, her work as an experimental filmmaker, actress, improvisor, editor and photographer.
Your Sister's Sister is smart comedy, such a rarity. It never forces laughs but keeps you steadily and regularly amused.
t's been a busy month on the culture front; a lot has gone down in the music, theater and film worlds. Magnetic Fields, Silence! The Musical, Newsies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Watching the unique story of a complex relationship in the new romantic comedy The Five Year Engagement is a purely pleasurable experience.
In the weekend before the official start of the summer season, four new releases all debuted to numbers ranging from not awful to genuinely awful. The top film this weekend was once again Think Like a Man -- the ensemble romantic comedy has now earned $60 million
The Five-Year Engagement wrings a slightly different change on the old boy-meets-girl formula -- and finds enough big laughs to make the whole thing enjoyable, even if it's never particularly fresh.
I wanted to like this film. I like Jason Segel. And Emily Blunt. But the laughs are spotty and Segel tries sooooo hard. The Five Year Engagement is strained and uneven.
The good news: several of this year's standout films at the Tribeca Film Festival are by women. The bad news: some of the fest's worst misfires are also by women.
Your Sister's Sister is effortlessly refreshing and enjoyable throughout. It is clear in every scene that these actors have the utmost trust in their director and are willing to be raw, fun and loose with the material.
Lasse Hallstrom's new movie, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is a romance with an improbable premise.
Having discernment for the roles he takes on certainly helps, but the way McGregor fully embodies the characters he plays is not only enjoyable to watch but downright rare.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is a charming romantic comedy that works because of the chemistry between Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, and because Simon Beaufoy's script never reaches for a rowdy joke when it can make a smart one.
It's been 20 years since the death of Jim Henson. And Frank Oz has retired as the voice of Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. But the Muppets live on in The Muppets movie, as funny, outlandish and sweet as ever.
A few thoughts about the Toronto Film Festival in general before I dive into my thoughts about the four films I saw today: First of all, the phones: ...