corey stoll

An adaptation of a famous Russian play, ‘The Seagull’ never gets off the ground.

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A few years ago, Tim Blake Nelson wrote and directed the dramedy ‘Leaves of Grass.’ That film was original, smart, funny and showed tremendous range for Nelson as a writer and director. I’m not sure what he was trying to accomplish with Anesthesia, but hopefully it’s only a minor step back.

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Dark Places suffers from its commitment to its mediocre source material, and the horrendous Fantastic Four is a intro course in how not to write a screenplay.

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Rudd is his usual likable self, and he’s perfect for a role that requires a lot of exasperation. He’s an everyman that’s easy to root for from the get-go, and his droll sense of humor allows him to comment on the stranger goings-on with the appropriate amount of “WTF?”

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