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Movie News & Reviews

How fear and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ convinced Ray Romano to star in Netflix’s ‘Paddleton’

"Paddleton" is the story of two men who really have only each other. Neighbors in a nondescript apartment complex, they both have unfulfilling, dead-end jobs, seemingly no other friends or relations and spend much of their time together, watching kung-fu movies, eating pizza and playing a game of their own invention called "Paddleton." It's all provisional, perhaps, but it works. Then one of them is given a diagnosis of terminal cancer.

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One director’s return to form: ‘Never Look Away’ puts Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck back in Oscar’s graces.

As tall as his name is long, with a baby face crowned with a thick shock of curly hair, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck folded his 6-foot-9 body awkwardly into a chair in a Santa Monica Mexican restaurant on a warm late-January afternoon. The German filmmaker had just flown in from New York, where he was promoting his latest film, "Never Look Away," and his back was aching from contorting himself into an airline seat. But he wasn't complaining.

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Movie review: ‘Isn’t It Romantic,’ lots of laughs and positive messages in charming rom-com satire

Parents need to know that "Isn't It Romantic" satirizes romantic comedies, following a woman named Natalie (Rebel Wilson) who gets trapped in a rom-com world after suffering a head injury. The content is largely appropriate for teens. Violence is confined to cartoonish interludes in which Nat is struck by a car and hit in the head, both of which played for laughs. Though Nat is interested in sex and talks about it, all she can do with her suitors is kiss – after which the camera cuts repeatedly to a morning-after scene with her love interest (Liam Hemsworth) shirtless in a towel. Nat estimates a man's penis size as "pepper grinder" (the kind the waiter has to bring out to you). Characters drink in bars; Nat downs two shots of liquor to get courage to sing karaoke. Characters say "s--t" and "bitch," but all except one instance of "f--k" are drowned out by noise, ironically. Stereotyped characters (competitive women, shallow men, a flamboyant gay man) are used to make points about cliched characterizations in other movies. Mocking the rom-com genre's conventions will make viewers consider what such movies tend to say about women and romance and may spark conversations about the way women are depicted. Themes of courage and self-control are also clear.

Mark Kingston on South Carolina baseball’s ‘big’ season-opening series win

South Carolina baseball coach Mark Kingston discusses the Gamecocks' walk-off wild pitch win on Sunday against Liberty and the importance of winning the first series of the season for USC.