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  • Step Brothers

    Step Brothers

    ★★½

    "Step Brothers" reminded me of two things. First, it's as if Will Ferrell and Adam McKay wanted to do a full-length feature based on Ferrell's "Wedding Crashers" character, Chazz Reinhold. Brennan Huff, down to the put-upon mother and severe prolonged adolescence, is certainly close to Reinhold territory.

    And second, the film reminded me of an interview McKay gave when he discussed how much he enjoyed pushing boundaries during SNL's 12:30 A.M. block of programming. McKay, during his tenure as SNL's…

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★★★★

    1984's "Ghostbusters" is probably the movie I have the strongest emotional attachment to. It came out the year I was born, it was the first movie I remembering having on VHS (like many kids I wore that tape down and my mother thankfully bought me another one), and I went as a Ghostbuster for at least a couple of Halloweens (as a kid, although maybe I should do it again).

    Simply put, the movie is nearly perfect. Other than the…

  • Something's Gotta Give

    Something's Gotta Give

    ★★★

    When people, especially detractors, say "a Nancy Meyers movie," they are probably taking about "Something's Gotta Give." It has all the standard Meyers bits: the turtlenecks, the wealthy-people locations, the fancy kitchens, and the easy-going playlist of immediately recognizable music (why play an Edith Piaf song other La Vie en Rose).

    Despite its way too-long running time and Meyer's continued problems with time and space (like "It's Complicated," this movie mostly takes place over a week), "Something's Gotta Give" works.…

  • Hulk

    Hulk

    ★★★★

    In 2000, I became an Ang Lee fan. It was the mind-blowing "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" that then lead me to "The Ice Storm" and even earlier triumphs like "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "Sense and Sensibility." So when Lee, and then frequent collaborator James Schamus, decided to turn their attentions to Marvel's Bruce Banner/Hulk, I (your typical teenager comic book fan) was beyond psyched. One of my favorite directors was making a comic book movie and with his unique…