Maya Rudolph

Film Review: Sisters

by Carrie Kahn on December 18, 2015

You’ll have a good time partying with these Sisters

Sisters Kate (Tina Fey, l.) and Maura (Amy Poehler) throw an epic party at their childhood home.

Believe it or not, there actually are other films being released today aside from that minor little sci-fi picture that, for some reason, seems to have attracted a fair bit of media attention (kidding, people, kidding!). One of those movies daring to go up against The Most Anticipated Opening Ever is Sisters, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s bright, serviceable new comedy.

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Appearing at Neck Of The Woods on Friday

Appearing at Neck Of The Woods on Friday

Thursday, May 15th [read the whole post]

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Whoever had this made is rad.

Whoever had this made is rad.

In the world according to Stace (that’d be me, for those not paying attention), Maya Rudolph is a genius. A comedic genius, you might say, but I mean it in a more general way. I’m just sayin’, if this woman ran for president, she might get my vote. Beautiful, funny, and musically talented, she’s got it all. As if that isn’t enough, she’s in a long-term relationship with the music of Prince, and it’s getting pretty serious. Recently, she’s been sharing it with the world alongside her college buddy, singer-songwriter Gretchen Lieberum, and together they are Princess.

Lucky, lucky me: SF Sketchfest brought this act to my city and gave me a ticket to watch! (Don’t be jealous.) So last night, I planted my feet outside the doors at Mezzanine in the drizzle and waited an hour to be let in. At first, I thought I’d finally found the island of misfit toys, as no one remotely associated with the venue seemed to know much about what was going on, who the artist was, if tickets would be available (the show was sold out, but of course there were still those willing to try at the door), or how long the event would go. In the end, after an hour, I was the first one in the door. Cocktail in hand, I picked a spot against a pillar near the front and there I stood for the two hours until the ladies graced the stage. I have to be honest: these were torturous hours. Though I subject myself to them regularly, I’m not especially fond of huge crowds, and Mezzanine really packed ’em in last night. I can’t blame everyone else in the city for wanting to witness the glory of Princess, but it didn’t stop me from wishing I had a little more room to breathe. (Seriously: I even texted managing editor Dakin, who was up front, to ask if it would be any better if I went back near the door. He said probably not much, so I sucked it up and stayed put.)

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Florence Henderson in a sleeping in a nighty, while a dog eats pizza. Just one of the many things you will see live on stage at this year's Sketchfest.

Florence Henderson in a sleeping in a nighty, while a dog eats pizza. Just one of the many things you will see live on stage at this year’s Sketchfest.

Wouldn’t it be great if cloning was already a thing? So we could be at 8 places at once and not have to decide which Sketchfest events you are going to? Well, until science improves greatly, we are stuck with one body and being in one place at a time. Because of this trouble, I have taken the time to dissect the entire Sketchfest schedule and help you out by highlighting the best of the fest. A complete schedule and tickets can be purchased here. A lot of shows have already sold out, and more shows are selling out every day, so don’t forget to purchase in advance!

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Film Review: Turbo

by Chad Liffmann on July 17, 2013

A cute, formulaic, one-joke movie…but at least it’s not sluggish!

He's going the distance!  He's going for speed!

He’s going the distance! He’s going for speed!

Low expectations commonly yield better-than-expected results.  In the case of Turbo, a charming result emerges from an incredibly lackluster premise.  ‘A snail that goes fast!‘…Okay, not really piquing my interest.  ‘And, he races in the Indy 500!’  Snails and racing?  No thank you, I’d rather read a book.  Turbo doesn’t break any new ground, nor is it distinctly memorable.  Its straightforward story is respectable, its characters are pleasant, and the colorful visuals are good.  Nearly every joke is about the ‘snails vs. speed’ theme at play, but luckily the movie never slows to a snail-like crawl.  But despite the film’s drawbacks, audiences will still be rewarded by Turbo, if only because it’s just not as bad as it seems.

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Liam James, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette in The Way, Way Back

Liam James, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette in The Way, Way Back

The first truly great summer movie has arrived today with the opening of The Way, Way Back, a delightful picture that adults and teenagers alike are sure to love. Co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, (who also penned The Descendants), in their directorial debut, have made a sweet, charming, funny film that is destined to become a coming-of-age genre classic.

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Film Review: “Friends With Kids”

March 9, 2012

starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Megan Fox, Edward Burns written and directed by: Jennifer Westfeldt MPAA: Rated R for sexual content and language

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Film Review: “Bridesmaids”

May 13, 2011

starring: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jon Hamm, Jill Clayburgh, Matt Lucas, Rebel Wilson, Chris O’Dowd written by: Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo directed by: Paul Feig MPAA: Rated R for some strong sexuality, and language throughout.

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