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  • Relaxing Old Footage With Joe Pera

    Relaxing Old Footage With Joe Pera

    ★★★★

    "When we were learning geometry in third grade, my teacher explained that unless it intersects with another line, a line will continue on indefinitely, even if the paper ends. With kraft paper, pencil, and a little arrow, I could create something that continued forever."

    Exactly what it says on the tin. At the intersection of silly and spiritual. Pera is some kind of normcore Zen master.

  • The Paper

    The Paper

    ★★½

    This is really three movies: an amiable, corny workplace farce about a day in the life of a tabloid newspaper; a rote, regressive relationship drama about work-life balance; and a dollar-store version of season five of The Wire. And surprise, combining the three makes them all worse, and only the workplace comedy really sings. Howard's visual choices range from bland to confounding (see: the opening CGI tour of the inside of an alarm clock, crosscutting between a printing press and…

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