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  • Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

    Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

    ★★★★½

    *(Originally reviewed for The AV Club.)*

    Hasan Minhaj shares a lot of comic ground with Aziz Ansari. Beyond their experiences growing up in 1990s America as the children of Indian immigrants, the two comedians have developed a similarly self-aggrandizing onstage brashness, a baller’s persona where name-dropping cockiness and pop culture markers point up their second-generation love of independence (and arrested adolescence). At the same time, both have made impressively insightful comedy out of trying to understand their parents’ very different…

  • We Go On

    We Go On

    ★★★½

    My wife and I have a tradition of celebrating lovey-dovey holidays with horror movies. Apart from cementing that I married the right gal, the tradition (and, to be honest, our regular, non-holiday viewing habits) lead us to seek out the ever-elusive "little-known horror movie that we haven't seen, have barely heard of, and that doesn't suck." We've gotten pretty good at it, and the recent addition of Shudder to our roster of streaming options has seen us add anything remotely…

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  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    ★½

    “Forrest Gump,” the 1994 Best Picture Oscar winner, came out 20 years ago this week. In honor of the big anniversary, the film is receiving something equally huge: a celebratory, nationwide victory lap of screenings at IMAX theaters. Finally, you too can see Tom Hanks as he was meant to be seen: 40 feet high!

    I’ll be anywhere else.

    Look, it’s not that I hate “Forrest Gump.” Oh, wait, yes it is. I hate “Forrest Gump.” There, I said it,…

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

    Director Wes Anderson’s first three films [Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, and this one] are three of my favorite films of all time. It was like this new guy just effortlessly announced himself as one of the filmmaking elite right from the get-go; I went into his films giddy with that tingly anticipation only a film geek can know, and came out with my head swimming with the word ‘perfection’ each time. And it’s not like his films were epic, sweeping extravaganzas…