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Rising Stars of The Maze Runner on the Book Versus the Movie

The film had a surprisingly tight production schedule that included just one week of on-set preparation prior to filming. That time included the usual rehearsals, but little physical or weapons training for the film’s abundant action and chase sequences. O’Brien said that was by design.

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby More Pretentious than Profound

Benson’s screenplay is deliberately paced and dialogue-heavy, even in its combined state, alternating between moments that are playful and contemplative. Visually he shows some inventiveness, including a beautifully composed final shot that hints at what the rest of the film might have been.

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This Is Where I Leave You: Family Dysfunction as You’ve Seen It Many Times Before

Predictability isn’t necessarily a damning quality for a movie. If it were, there’d be no such thing as a good romantic comedy. It’s possible to take comfort in a formula, so long as the lead characters are singular creations or even just that the dialogue is zippy enough to keep matters moving along toward their obvious resolution.

Yet the moment I knew I’d switched from indifference to dislike of This is Where I Leave You was when two adult brothers, because of a misunderstanding, began to fight. Of course one of them chases the other out of the family home and on to the front lawn. And of course the rest of the family and friends who have gathered for a funeral follows them outside to watch. I scribbled in my notebook at that point, “the fight will come to an abrupt end when a family secret is blurted out.” Because of course.

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Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Elevate The Skeleton Twins

Here’s a movie that skates by on the charm and chemistry of its lead actors. It’s such a delight to watch Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, longtime colleagues on Saturday Night Live, riff off one another that I didn’t mind the ho-hum nature of the film’s story-lines.

This is a drama, not a comedy, as the countless shots of Hader and Wiig as grown twins Milo and Maggie looking despondent make abundantly clear. But it’s the lighter moments when the newly reunited siblings just hang out and goof off together that bring the film to life.

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