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Couples Retreat (review)

Maybe it’s pointless to complain about the shocking lack of elegance to an instantly forgettable bit of multiplex fluff like *Couples Retreat.* It’s like complaining about the food at Applebee’s…

trailer break: ‘Couples Retreat’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… At first glance — and frankly, at second and third glances, too — this looks like something I’m really, really gonna hate. But it’s written by Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, who I do really like on the other side of the camera as well, generally, and … more…

A Christmas Story (review)

Maybe because A Christmas Story, based on writings by humorist Jean Shepherd, concerns itself with the universalities of childhood, at least as it existed in America in the 20th century. From the mysteries of life — like, Does a human tongue stick to a frozen flag pole? — to the ‘unthinkable disasters’ of youth that are hilarious in adult retrospect, A Christmas Story taps into the bewildered and not-so-innocent child still in all of us.