Screened Out – Sisters

By : Stephen Miller
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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Berenholz, John Cena, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, Chris Parnell, Madison Davenport

The rule with comedy is pretty simple: it has to be funny. Though the family here is under-defined, and the journey isn’t at all surprising – everything is merely a setup for a gag instead of having an actual plot – there are plenty of laughs in this Orlando-based two-hour skit.

For example: when the two drunken sisters meet O-town’s finest, one slurs, “Officer Donuts, why don’t you jump back into your squad car and go save a kitten up a tree, because these pussies are fiiiinne.”

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Screened Out – The 33

By : Stephen Miller
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Antonia Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Maria Bello, Gabriel Byrne, James Brolin

In 2010, the world waited with bated breath as 33 Chilean miners were trapped underground. Reports of them came daily and even hourly. Television and print exposed us to their terrible working conditions and impoverished lives. We asked, would the ground keep shifting? Did anyone die? Would they get out?

The 33 has that obviously riveting, dramatic story at its core. It also often delves into a nifty, gritty filmic language. Unfortunately, the script is buried under miles of cliché and grandstanding speeches. One starts to doubt the veracity, the story is told with so much melodrama.

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