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‘Win It All’ Review: High Stakes Hilarity With Jake Johnson
‘Win It All’ Review: High Stakes Hilarity With Jake Johnson
Joe Swanberg’s filmography is a fascinating evolutionary timeline; with each new film, the former mumblecore pioneer (and occasional agitator) has showcased increasing maturity. Win It All is his most grown-up film to date — despite the fact that it centers on the all-too-familiar man-child archetype. For his latest effort, Swanberg reunites with Digging for Fire star and co-writer Jake Johnson, who pulls double duty once again, this time with much more consistent results.
Joe Swanberg, Jake Johnson and Aislinn Derbez on ‘Win it All’
Joe Swanberg, Jake Johnson and Aislinn Derbez on ‘Win it All’
Joe Swanberg’s Win It All is yet another forward step in the ongoing maturation of a filmmaker previously known as a mumblecore icon. Win It All is a low-key comedic drama that delivers big laughs, courtesy of star and co-writer Jake Johnson, who previously worked with Swanberg on Digging for Fire and Drinking Buddies. In their latest collaboration, Johnson plays a directionless gambling addict (hence the wry title) who falls in love with a single mother (played by Aislinn Derbez) and struggles to get his act together. It’s an incredibly familiar (and some might say tired) formula, sure, but Johnson and Swanberg still manage to make it entertaining, hilarious and heartfelt, through and through.
Tom Cruise Still Screams Weird in the Second ‘Mummy’ Trailer
Tom Cruise Still Screams Weird in the Second ‘Mummy’ Trailer
To understand why I’m more excited than most for The Mummy, it’s important to make a list of all the things that I’m a sucker for. Tom Cruise movies? Check. Trailers or commercials that use the Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint it Black’ as a musical cue? Check-check. Movies where soldiers fight monsters? Check-check-check. In fact, if you do the math, the only thing on my Hollywood wishlist that the second The Mummy trailer doesn’t deliver is a John Wick-style gunfight, and there’s still time. One of those might still find its way into the final movie.
Tom Cruise Is Only Mostly Dead in ‘The Mummy’ Trailer
Tom Cruise Is Only Mostly Dead in ‘The Mummy’ Trailer
Every year, when the bottom drops out of the summer movie season and audiences decide to stay home and watch television instead, some well-meaning critic will publish an article asking if cinema is dead. And every year, I pose the same question in response: “Is Tom Cruise still an action star?” As long as Tom Cruise is running across multiplex screens — fighting rogue nations, government consiparcies, and even the occasional mummy — there is still hope for cinema. Then, when Cruise’s career is done and Hollywood is in ashes, then, cinema, you have my permission to die.
Jake Johnson’s Lowery Won’t Return in ‘Jurassic World 2’
Jake Johnson’s Lowery Won’t Return in ‘Jurassic World 2’
Let’s get this on the record: I am not a very big fan of Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World. Too many of the characters seemed to be vague recreations of people from the first Jurassic Park movie; with nobody there for audiences to really connect with, the film feels more like a disjointed series of dinosaur set pieces than a truly engaging story. That being said, my wife loves every movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, so I will happily continue to see them with her until we find a way to actually clone dinosaurs and they wipe us off the face of the earth. There is no such thing as a bad movie dat
‘Digging for Fire’ Trailer Features Lots of Actors You Like
‘Digging for Fire’ Trailer Features Lots of Actors You Like
Joe Swanberg has gone from prolific director of divisive mumblecore indies to director of more widely-seen and loved indie features, like Drinking Buddies — although Swanberg has been making films for over a decade, Drinking Buddies was his mainstream breakout. Or as mainstream as indies can get, anyway. As you can see in the trailer for his latest, his appeal is only growing.

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