What You're Expecting, But More So: Anchorman 2, Reviewed.

1. When did the tide start to turn on Ron Burgundy? It's a strange thing: Since Will Ferrell introduced his greatest creation in 2004, there has been a relentless drumbeat among the public to bring him back, from cameos on Conan to rampant interview requests to the ultimate point where Ferrell and Paul Rudd and Steve… » 12/19/13 12:29pm 12/19/13 12:29pm

Creaks And Reeks. Judd Apatow's This Is 40, Reviewed.

In recent years, critics have pegged writer-director Judd Apatow as the next James L. Brooks. That's meant to be high praise. Brooks—the director of movies like Broadcast News who, like Apatow, transitioned from television to film—managed to create sophisticated romantic comedies that mixed humor and poignancy,… » 12/19/12 6:15pm 12/19/12 6:15pm

Scenes From a Marriage, But Longer And With Fart Jokes. The Five-Year…

1. There are several long stretches in which The Five-Year Engagement is the polar opposite of what anyone would consider "romantic" or "comedy." Jason Segel has always had a tinge of self-aggrandizing self-pity in his characters—the ones he plays, the ones he writes, and both—but for swaths of The Five-Year Engagement » 4/25/12 12:22pm 4/25/12 12:22pm