Alicia M. Cohn
Universal Pictures

Tina and Amy

Movie | Crude <em>Sisters</em> plays for low stakes
by Alicia M. Cohn
Posted 12/19/15, 12:00 am

In the 1980s and again in the ’90s, the teen party movie became a staple. The genre has faded since then, but Hollywood replaced it with the adult party movie, a slightly tongue-in-cheek formula modeled on those teen movies and likely created mainly by adults who grew up on movies like Sixteen Candles or Can’t Hardly Wait.

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20th Century Fox

The Martian

Movie
by Alicia M. Cohn
Posted 10/02/15, 01:00 am

Resilience is the theme of The Martian, a movie about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left behind by his crew, who think him dead, completely alone and in a hostile environment with very limited resources. Watney simply takes stock of his situation and determines, “I’m not going to die here.”

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Associated Press/Photo by Francois Duhamel/Warner Bros. Pictures

The Intern fails to do its job

Movie
by Alicia M. Cohn
Posted 9/25/15, 09:00 am

Writer/director Nancy Meyers seems to craft her movies to fit the definition of “feel good.” In the world made for her movies, from It’s Complicated to The Holiday, things might not always go right (for women, mainly) but somehow everything always works out.

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