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Hip Support: On Aubrey Plaza, Tom Bennett, Bill Hader, and Hollywood’s Character Cast

The best American acting nowadays is being played for and from the rafters. Shapeshifters by the names of Regina Hall, Bill Hader, Kristin Wiig, and Aubrey Plaza have reminded us what it means to steal a scene. These usually non-A-list actors either redeem their otherwise forgettable vehicles (Regina Hall as an Insta-Mom in “Vacation”) or place the cherry…

Film review: ‘The BFG’ is a moving testament to Dahl’s and Spielberg’s greatness

Steven Spielberg’s films are at their most intriguing when they’re at their weirdest. It’s safe to say, then, that his unexpected dalliance with Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” makes his newest film one of the weirdest to date. When faced with a 3D family-friendly blockbuster loaded with an uneasy combination of British drollness, Spielberg sentimentality and fart jokes,…

Film review: Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’ is great fun, but is that enough?

Warning: after the first two paragraphs, this article contains light spoilers. You don’t need to be told to see “Finding Dory,” a neither inventive nor disposable piece of pretty Pixar candy. It’s shaping up to be the summer’s biggest hit. Critics have issued their thumbs-ups. Kids and parents are pleased. Obviously, this is a nicely-done matinee…

Oscars 2016: Carlos’s picks

Here are film desk editor Carlos Valladares’ picks for the Oscars 2016. Best Picture —“The Revenant” Unless some miracle happens where “Max Max: Fury Road” absconds with the Top Prize, we’re stuck with Inarritu’s pseudo-profound, cliché-ridden “The Revenant.” “Bridge of Spies” is one of Spielberg’s least challenging, pat films to date, salvaged by good acting…

Carlos’ top five films of 2015

From “In Jackson Heights” to “Inside Out,” here are film critic Carlos Valladares’ picks for 2015’s best. 5. “Mistress America” The year’s funniest movie is Noah Baumbach’s and Greta Gerwig’s “Mistress America.” It’s a rip-roaring millennial satire that follows a young college freshman (Lola Kirke) on her quest for the perfect short story. She’s aided…

Pixar’s whip-smart ‘Inside Out’ tackles depression, fails to address veiled sexism

“Cars 2,” “Brave,” “Monsters University”: Ever since the release of the simply exceptional “Toy Story 3,” the once-great Pixar has suffered from a particularly resilient strain of mediocrity and pedestrianism. Fortunately for the Silicon Valley based studio, “Inside Out,” the latest creation from Pixar-virtuoso Peter Docter, marks a no-holds-barred return to form. Though hindered by some…

Summer movie preview

Summer’s a season for blockbusters. From sequels to spinoffs to superhero sagas, the next three months are going to be jam-packed with a variety of films for every taste. Below, the Daily previews a few films to look out for this summer. June “Jurassic World” The much-anticipated sequel to Steven Spielberg’s epic, “Jurassic World” has been…