Alan Scherstuhl

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  • 5 days ago | Film and TV

    Poltergeist 2015 is to Poltergeist '82 what today's shipped-frozen-to-the-store Pizza Hut dough is to the kneaded-on-site pies the chain's stoned cooks tossed in the Reagan era. It's the same kind of thing, with the same shape and some shared ingr...

  • "When someone's off balance, that's the best time to hit someone," Jim Gaffigan says in Kevin Pollak's chatty Misery Loves Comedy, a documentary that asks many comics big questions about the dispositions of comics -- but doesn't often...

  • The friends and colleagues toasting Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney in I Am Big Bird argue that Oscar the Grouch is the yang to Spinney's Big Bird yin -- that they're opposites contained within one complex man. A home-movie...

  • Tiller Russell's The Seven Five lets the most corrupt (convicted) NYC cop of the Eighties tell his own story. He relishes the chance. Here's Michael Dowd, of Brooklyn's 75th Precinct, describing early relations with his new partner,...

  • You know the charge that Furious 7 feels like what you would get if you asked a Hot Wheel–loving ten-year-old to work out the beats of a screenplay? Fury Road is what the kid might dream up at fourteen, stoned at the...

  • This stately, sparkling outlaws-on-the-range indie whatsit has a sturdy western story hook -- a lovelorn teen schnook from Scotland (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and a rapacious bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) team up to find the same woman for very...