Middle age seems muddle-aged in Judd Apatow's familial comedy.
Comedy Phil Bacharach
Judd Apatow has given us some hilariously raunchy comedies, but This Is 40finds
the writer-director in his grown-up mode, at least in intent,
extracting the funny from the advent of middle age. But his
understanding of life in the 40s isn’t necessarily the universal kind.
Comedy Rod Lott
Following its hilarious Father’s Day, the ’80s-obsessed Canadian quintet known as Astron-6 unleashes another inspired homage/parody in Manborg. Instead of vengeance, sci-fi is the skewered genre of choice. And Manborg is indeed choice.
Horror Rod Lott
One of at least four werewolf films to be released in 1981, The Howling remains a distant second to John Landis' An American Werewolf in London, but only because Joe Dante wasn't able to enjoy the competition's deep coffers. Sacrilege alert: I find Dante's to be the better movie.