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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Cobbler’ Will Soon Be Forgotten

Film: The Cobbler
Starring: Adam Sandler
Director: Thomas McCarthy

While watching The Cobbler I encountered a problem that I have rarely, if ever, found in a film before. Instead of starting strong and later letting me down, the film’s biggest fault occurred in the opening moments and lasted almost the entirety of the first act. It was such a colossal misstep that anyone choosing to skip the remainder of the film would be understood, though they would also be missing out.…

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Ralphie May Releases New Stand-up Special Via Netflix

Comedy legend Ralphie May has partnered with Netflix to release his latest stand-up special, and earlier this week a teaser for the premiere was shared online.

Titled Unruly, the latest special from May is his first since 2012′s successful Too Big To Ignore tour. Filmed live in front of a raucous, fist-pumping crowd at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, May unleashes his hilariously raunchy, no-holds-barred perspective on everything from airline travel and the news media, to Chick-fil-A and everybody being a little racist when they drive.

You can view a preview of the special below:…

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‘Hot Pursuit’ Trailer: Reese Witherspoon + Sofia Vergara = Big Laughs

Two years after The Heat proved women can hold their own in the world of action-comedies, Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara have joined forces for a new feature we can’t wait to see.

Hot Pursuit tells the story of a promising young police officer (Witherspoon) who receives her first big assignment. She is tasked with transporting a key witness (Sofia Vergara) to a very important trial, but before that can happen a lot of gunplay and explosions occur, which propels the women–who of course could not be more different–on a spontaneous road trip while they try to figure out their …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Voices’ Blends Murder, Comedy, And Mental Illness With Mixed Results

Film: The Voices
Starring: Ryan Reynolds
Directed By: Marjane Satrapi

Part black comedy, part cautionary tale of untreated mental disease, The Voices is an uneven murderous romp carried almost entirely by its star.

Ryan Reynolds stars as Jerry, a seemingly mild-mannered factory worker living above an abandoned bowling alley somewhere in middle America. Jerry appears normal on the surface, albeit a little shy when it comes to public speaking, but when he finds himself alone at home things start to get a little weird. Jerry talks to his animals, which is something many of us can relate to, but I’m …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Runs On Fumes

Film: The Wedding Ringer
Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad
Directed by: Jeremy Garelick

Another January, another hit-and-miss comedy from Kevin Hart that was largely ruined by an ad campaign that showed far too much.

Returning to theaters with his third starring role since last January’s Ride Along, Kevin Hart has blended buddy comedy staples with tired romcom antics to deliver The Wedding Ringer. It’s not bad, it’s not great, it simply is, and how much you enjoy it will depend heavily on how many times you were made to watch the film’s numerous trailers over the last six …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Ari Shaffir

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny. This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Ari Shaffir’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

The last time we reviewed Ari Shaffir, the comedian had self-released his first comedy special, citing his then-realization that there simply weren’t any networks vying for his talent. Fast forward to 2015, and Shaffir has definitely caught the right amount …

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First ‘Spy’ Trailer Turns Melissa McCarthy Into James Bond

Having grossed over $500 million worldwide between their work on Bridesmaids and The Heat, Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy have joined forces once more for a new action-comedy titled Spy.

I hate to be the guy who says if you’ve seen one Melissa McCarthy film you have more or less seen them all, but Spy looks incredibly familiar. McCarthy stars as an average citizen who, upon taking a job at the CIA, expects to become a world famous spy doing cool things and taking down bad guys. The reality of the situation is that she spends most her …

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Amy Poehler And Tina Fey Reunite For New Film, ‘Sisters’

If you loved watching Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host the Golden Globes, you’re in luck. The two funniest women on the planet today have already announced their next project.

This Christmas, Poehler and Fey will reunite on the big screen for Sisters, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore. The story follows two sisters who decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. Of course, these sisters are full grown adults, but they’re completely stuck in their teen years. Maya Rudolph, John Leguizamo, John Cena, James Brolin, and Diane Wiest …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Best of 2014

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny. This week, Angie puts a spotlight on the top ten comedy specials of 2014. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

As we bid farewell to 2014, it’s time to take a look back at the comedy specials released and gather together the top ten specials that tickled our funny bone the most.

This past year saw the emergence …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife’ Delivers Big, Inconsistent Laughs

Film: Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife
Starring: Donald Faison, Patrick Wilson
Directed By: Scott Foley

Following a long tradition of comedic films about murder that never find the right groove, Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife is an inconsistent romp that works more often than not.

Ward is a full-grown man with a decent job, a beautiful new child, lifelong best friends whom he sees regularly, and a wife he – as well as everyone else – cannot stand. She is a mean, snobbish, and overly-protective woman who seems to only find pleasure in making others miserable. Everyone wishes she were dead, including …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Annie’ May Be The Worst Film Of The Year

Film: Annie
Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx
Directed by: Will Gluck

In a year riddled with horrible misfires and unnecessary sequels, it’s a little shocking that the worst film of all is a remake of a musical that has long been thought to be timeless.

Will Gluck has delivered the updated version of Annie no one asked for and very few thought would ever exist. It’s a tech-friendly, modern retelling of a story that never comes together quite as well as its predecessor. The songs are weak, the acting is atrocious, and there is rarely a single sequence that offers …

Bill Burr:  I'm Sorry You Feel That Way

STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Bill Burr

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny. This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Bill Burr’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Since the Netflix release of comedian Bill Burr’s new special, I’m Sorry You Feel That Way, I’ve heard two things: Bill Burr nailed the best special of the year, and many comics are now feeling like they should give up …