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The world of Formula 1 racing is driven by speed, volume and power. So it’s fitting that “Rush,” a movie about two competing Formula 1 drivers, is fast, loud and muscular.
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is well served by Steve Carell’s idiot bluster, showing that Burt Wonderstone is due for a dose of comeuppance. But the story of the magician in decline flags about two-thirds of the way in, because there’s nothing sympathetic or redeemable about Burt Wonderstone to keep audiences engaged.
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" _ The only incredible thing here is the way this comedy makes Steve Carell so thoroughly and irreparably unlikable. In a film about magic tricks, this is the most difficult feat of all. Even when Carell is playing characters who are nerdy ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin") or needy ("Crazy, Stupid, Love") or clueless (TV's "The Office") or just plain odd ("Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy"), there's usually an inherent decency that shines through and makes him seem relatable, vulnerable, human. None of those qualities exists within Burt Wonderstone, a selfish and flashy Las Vegas magician who once ruled the Strip alongside his longtime friend and partner, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), but now finds his act has grown outdated and unpopular. Even within the confines of a comedy sketch, where he probably belongs, Burt would seem one-dimensional and underdeveloped with his hacky jokes and tacky clothes. Stretched out to feature length, the shtick becomes nearly unbearable _ until, of course, the movie doles out its obligatory comeuppance, followed by redemption, and goes all soft and nice. By then it's too little, too late. Jim Carrey gives it his all, as always, as the up-and-coming gonzo street magician who threatens Burt's career, but Olivia Wilde gets little more to do than serve as the supportive "girl" as Burt's assistant. PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language. 101 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.
"Drinking Buddies" is a comedy about blurring the line between work friendship and budding romance. And when you work in a brewery _ and partake of your product as often as you can _ that line gets even blurrier.
The Steve Carell magician comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" will kick off the annual South by Southwest film festival.
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are getting married.
It's hard to decide which aspect of "Deadfall" is the worst: The shoddy story, the cliche-filled dialogue, the stilted performances, the muddled direction, or the clunky, rhythmless editing. Thankfully, there's no need to make that decision.
Having a taste for "Butter" depends almost entirely on whether you find the comedy of condescension and ridicule a hoot or a very cheap form of amusement. This satire on self-righteous, homily-spewing Red Staters and the cutthroat world of butter carving trades almost entirely on making jokes at the expense of others, most of all an obsessed, venal woman who could pass as a kissin' cousin to two prominent female Republicans of the pre-primary season ("Butter" was made in 2011). Decidedly not a critics' picture, "Butter" brandishes the sort of snide humor that plays well with a large public, but a fair slice of that audience could well be put off by the whiff of agenda that's hard to miss. This odd film, which was debuted at last year's Telluride Film Festival, has a commercial shot but a rather long one that will put any and all marketing wizards involved to the test.
It wasn't a juicy script that brought together a half-dozen Hollywood stars, including Meg Ryan, America Ferrera and Olivia Wilde. It was the chance to tell the stories of women seeking, and finding, lives unbound by oppression.
The designers previewing spring collections at New York Fashion Week may not have had a single voice, but they all spoke loudly.
"People Like Us" is that increasingly rare kind of film: an adult drama. The filmmakers seem so nervous about this prospect that they fill the movie with action-film editing and a camera that moves so restlessly through domestic life that you'd think it lost its keys.
Nine years ago actress Olivia Wilde ran, or rather walked, in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk. This year she will host it for the first time when it takes to the streets of New York on May 5. Wilde joins fellow first-time ambassador Emma Stone for the event that supports women's cancer research.
Nine years ago, actress Olivia Wilde ran, or rather walked, in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk. In May, she will host the event that supports women's cancer research with fellow first-time ambassador Emma Stone.
Olivia Wilde said she jetted from Kenya _ where she was filming a documentary _ to Toronto, where she was promoting a new film, to make her way to New York for fashion week, where she only attended one show.
Marc Jacobs. Calvin Klein. Ralph Lauren. Spring previews wrap up Thursday at New York Fashion Week with shows by some of the most influential designers in the business before the industry moves on to the runways of London, Milan and Paris.
"It's the thing I'm most proud of," she said. "I feel that I devoted myself to this in a way I've never done. Improvising the entire film meant that I was constantly creating."
Wilde said she so relished making her lines up as she went along that "Drinking Buddies is the highlight of her career so far.